About the author

Tim Topham

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular Integrated Music Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at staging.topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as integrated teaching, creativity, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

Teaching Piano Technique To Advanced Students

by Tim Topham

Teaching advanced students piano technique can be a challenge. You know what to teach, but you don't know how to make it engaging and interesting.

10/30/2023 Read more

Preparing For Performance Success

by Tim Topham

Preparing students for a performance or an exam is a lengthy process. From setting goals and establishing a purpose to preparing students for the unexpected, there’s much to consider.

09/18/2023 Read more

CPTP152: A Musicolor Method for Preschoolers with Andrew Ingkavit

by Tim Topham

When Andrew Ingkavit’s son wanted to learn piano at age 3, no teacher was willing to take him. This started him on his quest to find a way to teach his son and eventually lead to the creation of the Musicolor method for preschoolers and other beginners. Listen in to learn how Andrew integrates colours ... CPTP152: A Musicolor Method for Preschoolers with Andrew Ingkavit

09/15/2023 Read more

TC210: Daniel Patterson on why studio marketing matters at any stage

by Tim Topham

In this episode, you’ll learn how studio marketing tips can help your studio quality at any stage, even if your spots are already all filled. Daniel Patterson, one of the top thinkers about music studio marketing, joins us talk about better marketing tips for music teachers. His focus is on understanding the mindset and needs ... TC210: Daniel Patterson on why studio marketing matters at any stage

TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

by Tim Topham

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 ... TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

What Type Of Music Teacher Are You?

by Tim Topham

There are many benefits to knowing the type of music teacher you are.

08/28/2023 Read more

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10 Ways Creativity Helps Music Teachers And Students

by Tim Topham

You've probably heard us talk a lot about creativity when it comes to music lessons. But have you ever stopped to think about the benefits of being creative for both the music teacher and their students?

07/17/2023 Read more

A Piano Teacher’s Guide To Piano Method Books

by Tim Topham

Knowing how to find the right method book can be tricky - our guide will help you feel inspired to start your search.

07/10/2023 Read more

How to Teach Creatively Using a Piano Method Book

by Tim Topham

When you have a brand new beginner piano student, what do you do? Do you crack open a method book and start working through the book from the very first lesson? Or do you encourage your students to be creative? Inspire them to explore the piano and make music. A fantastic way to do just ... How to Teach Creatively Using a Piano Method Book

07/03/2023 Read more

Teaching Music Lessons In 2023

by Tim Topham

The world has changed since you first started taking music lessons. Discover what's working (and what's not working) in music lessons in 2023.

06/12/2023 Read more

Coming Soon…TopMusic Certification

by Tim Topham

Something VERY exciting is coming your way...TopMusic Certification!

06/05/2023 Read more

Introducing The PRESTO Framework

by Tim Topham

The PRESTO Framework guides music teachers through all the steps they need to follow to build and run a successful music studio.

05/30/2023 Read more