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Supporting Creative Music Teaching

Supporting Creative Music Teaching

Location:

Melbourne, Australia

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Supporting Creative Music Teaching

Twitter:

@timjtopham

Language:

English


Episodes

TC240: Overcoming the Challenges of Becoming a Great Piano Teacher with Emily Laney

5/7/2021
Thanks for reading TC240: Overcoming the Challenges of Becoming a Great Piano Teacher with Emily Laney from Top Music Co. Join guest host Sarah Buckley and guest Emily Laney today for a chat today which includes stories and real examples of finding your best teaching studio fit. They’re going to unpack how you can define and work with your current studio, challenges and all, and mold it into a unique best-fit for both yourself and […] The post TC240: Overcoming the Challenges of Becoming a...

Duration:00:39:52

TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall

4/30/2021
Thanks for reading TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall from Top Music Co. In this episode, Karen Marshall shares her story of returning to studying and teaching music after succeeding in a career in marketing and public relations. Well-loved as a composer and best-selling author, Karen has also trained extensively in the area of special needs. In addition to learning about her teaching journey, we discuss Karen’s compositions, some of […] The post TC239: Hiding...

Duration:00:45:29

TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition

4/23/2021
Thanks for reading TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition from Top Music Co. In this episode, I’m bringing on one of our TopMusicPro members, Roslyn Walters, to talk about how she is using ideas, lessons and strategies from TopMusicPro in her own teaching. We specifically focus on how she ingeniously integrated our Creativity Kickstarter lessons to teach and explore creative composition and improvisation to her students. Roslyn has […] The post TC238: Member...

Duration:00:39:22

TC237: Solving Makeup Lessons Once and for All with Laura and Dave from LessonMate

4/16/2021
Thanks for reading TC237: Solving Makeup Lessons Once and for All with Laura and Dave from LessonMate from Top Music Co. Have you ever been frustrated about makeup lessons? There are a variety of ways teachers handle makeup lessons from not offering them at all to having to take extra hours planning them. Laura and Dave have solved make-up lessons once and for all! Today, my guests Dave and Laura of LessonMate will give you strategies […] The post TC237: Solving Makeup Lessons Once and for...

Duration:00:40:54

TC236: Using an App to Augment Your Students’ Learning with Dan Harvey

4/9/2021
Thanks for reading TC236: Using an App to Augment Your Students’ Learning with Dan Harvey from Top Music Co. Have you ever dreamt of having your own app that can help with your own teaching and relationship deepening with students and parents? In this episode, we unpack the wonders of augmenting your teaching through apps with Dan Harvey, the Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Passion.io. Passion.io is a drag and drop, no-code app […] The post TC236: Using an App to Augment Your...

Duration:00:39:06

TC235: “What’s your secret project?” with Angela Myles Beeching

4/2/2021
Thanks for reading TC235: “What’s your secret project?” with Angela Myles Beeching from Top Music Co. Have you ever wondered if you’re fulfilling your true life’s purpose? Or are you one of those who have been discouraged to pursue their goals because of the lack of courage and fear of failure? In this episode, Angela Myles Beeching helps us navigate these thoughts and feelings to set you on the right course. […] The post TC235: “What’s your secret project?” with Angela Myles Beeching...

Duration:00:39:08

TC233: How TopMusicPro transformed my online piano lessons with Kara Hess

3/19/2021
Thanks for reading TC233: How TopMusicPro transformed my online piano lessons with Kara Hess from Top Music Co. You can transform into the piano teacher you’ve always wanted to be – full of confidence and armed with knowledge from experts in the field – just like what Kara Hess, one of our TopMusic Pro members, did. In this episode, I’ve invited Kara who wrote a beautiful email to us about the transitions and […] The post TC233: How TopMusicPro transformed my online piano lessons with Kara...

Duration:00:39:14

TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special

3/12/2021
Thanks for reading TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special from Top Music Co. I can’t believe it’s been five years since we started this community and it’s been such an amazing journey that we’ve all enjoyed. In today’s birthday special solo episode, we’re going to unpack our journey – the genesis of the community, what’s been happening in the membership, and what you can look forward to […] The post TC232: TopMusicPro 5 Year Birthday Special appeared first on Top Music Co - Supporting...

Duration:00:51:12

TC231: Trust that your impact on students is not futile with Christina Whitlock

3/5/2021
Thanks for reading TC231: Trust that your impact on students is not futile with Christina Whitlock from Top Music Co. There is nothing more fulfilling as a teacher than knowing that you’ve made an impact on your students’ lives. In this episode with guest Christina Whitlock, we dive deep into how to assess what piano study means to your students, how they feel, and what influence you possess as their teacher. Plus we delve into […] The post TC231: Trust that your impact on students is not...

Duration:00:37:51

TC230: How students with exceptionalities help us grow as teachers

2/26/2021
Thanks for reading TC230: How students with exceptionalities help us grow as teachers from Top Music Co. Teaching students with exceptionalities has a deeper effect on us than just the satisfaction and happiness of making the student learn. Dr Erin Parkes is the founder of the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education. It’s a charitable organisation committed to providing access to music education for people with exceptionalities. She joins us in this […] The post TC230: How students with...

Duration:00:50:53

TC229: Exploring Styles through Improv with Christopher Norton

2/19/2021
Thanks for reading TC229: Exploring Styles through Improv with Christopher Norton from Top Music Co. Composer Christopher Norton joins us to talk about exploring improv and how it relates to his compositional writing. We take a look at his latest writing, and how teachers can explore improv styles through his special accompaniments. Christopher is a prolific composer, a coach for private teachers, and gives masterclasses all over the world. His […] The post TC229: Exploring Styles through...

Duration:00:39:42

TC228: The 10 Musts for Music Teacher Badassery with Elisa Janson Jones

2/12/2021
Thanks for reading TC228: The 10 Musts for Music Teacher Badassery with Elisa Janson Jones from Top Music Co. Take your teaching to the next level with productivity hacks and music teacher badassery tips with Elisa Janson Jones. Elisa specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs, and have long and happy careers. She joins us today to talk about how you can prevent burnout, be happier, and become […] The post TC228: The 10 Musts for Music...

Duration:00:45:41

TC227: Hunters and Collectors’ trumpeter Jack Howard

2/5/2021
Thanks for reading TC227: Hunters and Collectors’ trumpeter Jack Howard from Top Music Co. Keen to learn about the experiences of Hunters and Collectors band member, Jack Howard? We’ll you’re in for a treat because I’ve invited Jack to share his story with us. Jack is such an accomplished musician – from touring the world with Midnight Oil as their multi-instrumentalist to releasing his own critically acclaimed records since […] The post TC227: Hunters and Collectors’ trumpeter Jack Howard...

Duration:00:46:22

TC226: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? (archives)

1/29/2021
Thanks for reading TC226: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? (archives) from Top Music Co. So many students can play well – but how many can write and compose? Do your piano students know essentials like 4 Chord Composing? Get them started easily with this simple composing framework. Learning the essentials of chord progressions can lead students to a better understanding of music. It can also give them the skills […] The post TC226: What is 4 Chord Composing All About? (archives)...

Duration:00:34:30

TC225: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit piano with Anita Collins (archives)

1/22/2021
Thanks for reading TC225: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit piano with Anita Collins (archives) from Top Music Co. When families and students think of quitting, they’re often making short-term decisions to reduce busy activities or budgets. It’s all too often that piano lessons will be easily nominated as something to drop out of! So what can we teachers say when faced with a conversation with a student who is about to quit piano […] The post TC225: What to say to...

Duration:00:59:50

TC224: Helping Students Cope with Performance Anxiety with Noa Kageyama (archives)

1/15/2021
Thanks for reading TC224: Helping Students Cope with Performance Anxiety with Noa Kageyama (archives) from Top Music Co. Today, we’re taking an investigative look at the psychology behind performance anxiety, what creates it, and the things you can do leading up to a performance in order to perform more freely. Dr Noa Kageyama, a leading performance psychologist and faculty member at The Juilliard School, joins us to talk about the factors that create […] The post TC224: Helping Students...

Duration:01:05:29

TC223: Is “Practice” killing your studio business? with Danny Thompson (archives)

1/8/2021
Thanks for reading TC223: Is “Practice” killing your studio business? with Danny Thompson (archives) from Top Music Co. Practice and music lessons: they go hand in hand. But what if your students are quietly quitting over it? Danny Thompson unpacks this hot topic on this show today from our archives. Find out why Danny’s approach from the beginning is not about emphasizing practice and what he says to new families instead to get […] The post TC223: Is “Practice” killing your studio...

Duration:00:39:49

TC222: How Teaching Beginners with No Books Revolutionised Georgina’s studio (archives)

1/1/2021
Thanks for reading TC222: How Teaching Beginners with No Books Revolutionised Georgina’s studio (archives) from Top Music Co. Find out what results this teacher discovered when she set aside standard method book options and started students with a no-books beginner approach instead, in this favourite show from our archives. When I published the No Book Beginners framework I hoped it would give teachers the confidence to teach more creatively, and that’s exactly what […] The post TC222: How...

Duration:00:47:03

TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

12/18/2020
Thanks for reading TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino from Top Music Co. In this favourite episode from our archives, author Nick Ambrosino joins us to talk about how to reframe your teaching viewpoint to experience more joy and less burnout. As teachers, we want to see motivated students pursuing their goals with an ownership attitude — but how do you make the switch? Listen to Nick’s powerful […] The post TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino appeared first on...

Duration:01:05:12

TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey

12/11/2020
Thanks for reading TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey from Top Music Co. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with one of Australia’s most-loved composers, Kerin Bailey. Kerin shares his musical background, influence of jazz music, and thoughts about effective ways to teach jazz skills and chord progressions to students. We’ll also hear Kerin demonstrate on the piano from his improv system for teaching, and give you some takeaways […] The post TC220: Jazz Perspectives with...

Duration:00:46:18