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Join the topmusic.co team as they interview other teachers and experts in the field of music teaching. Enjoy free resources, guides, training and ideas so that you can keep your students inspired and motivated all through the year. Discover new ways of teaching, find out about the latest music releases, get connected with your local community via online events and training and listen as we interview composers, teachers, bloggers and presenters as they share their ideas about music teaching in 21st century.

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Join the topmusic.co team as they interview other teachers and experts in the field of music teaching. Enjoy free resources, guides, training and ideas so that you can keep your students inspired and motivated all through the year. Discover new ways of teaching, find out about the latest music releases, get connected with your local community via online events and training and listen as we interview composers, teachers, bloggers and presenters as they share their ideas about music teaching in 21st century.

    TC290: Tim’s Top Productivity Hacks in 10 Minutes

    TC290: Tim’s Top Productivity Hacks in 10 Minutes

     







    Do you have a million things going on but have trouble working on and accomplishing them all? Are you feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, and behind in life and business? Then this episode is for YOU. In this episode, I’m going to share my top productivity hacks and tips for having a productive mindset. I’m by no means an expert on this, but these are the things that have worked for me with all the moving pieces in my business – our courses, the podcast, webinars, speaking engagements, and so much more. As a business or studio owner and teacher, I’m sure you have so much going on all over the place. So in this episode, I’m going to give you my strategies for becoming productive and organized in life and business.



















    Why you need to focus on what’s important.

    How automation and outsourcing can be the best thing for your business.

    Practicing time-blocking and batching — two organizational methods that help you get the most out of your day.

    Get your most important work done early in the day.

    How taking care of your health can help you be productive.

    Use Dropbox and Cloud-based databases to save files and vastly improve your efficiency.

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    • 10 min
    TC289: How to Find Music Students Fast for Your Studio with Carly Walton

    TC289: How to Find Music Students Fast for Your Studio with Carly Walton

    You are not alone – I know how challenging the search for new students can be! So to help you out with this, I teamed up with the amazing Carly Walton from Teach Music Online to put together our ultimate Find Music Students Fast Checklist. And that’s what we’re going to be talking about today. We’re going to give you a quick overview of this amazing six page full-color handout so you can find and teach your dream students!











    * What teachers can do right away to get more students quickly* Most important steps to take when you have open spots to fill!* Ideas for easy-access online marketing * Using Facebook groups to find music students fast* Exploring your local community and fostering local connections* Other community-based marketing ideas* Website tips and next-level advice* Samples of seasonal promotion opportunities















    Links Mentioned







    * FREE Guide – drop your email above to get the Find Students Fast guidebook.* Teach Music Online Website







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    Today’s Guest















    Carly Walton is a Berklee College of Music graduate, and online teacher, performer, and world traveller. She has taught music at K-8 schools and been a choral instructor for two charter schools. Carly also enjoys arranging music for piano students and choirs.







    Carly has been teaching music online for the last eight years and one year ago started her Teach Music Online course and coaching program. She has a passion for helping teachers overcome their fear of technology and find ways to be creative and effective as online music teachers. She has a thriving Facebook group with more than 10,000 music teachers where she hosts free training workshops and resources.















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    You are not alone – I know how challenging the search for new students can be! So to help you out with this, I teamed up with the amazing Carly Walton from Teach Music Online to p...

    • 34 min
    TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

    TC288: Connections Thru Chords – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 5

    We’re now in day 5 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about connections through chords. By helping students see the connections between old and new music, we can unlock huge potentials in our students and deepen their understanding as well. Today, we are going to demonstrate how we connect Ace of Base to CPE Bach and Beethoven to Adele. We will also show you how to unpack the music that your students are already learning, help them analyze the chords in harmony, and then deepen their understanding of the repertoire that they’re already playing. Let’s jump in.













    * Making connections between old and new music.* How the chord progressions are relevant to your students learning regular pieces.* The key question you need to ask your students.* The benefits of making these connections.* Discussing today’s homework.* Sample homeworks.























     

















    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3TC287: Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 4















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    Hesitant to Hero: Hook Your Students with our Top 5 No-Book Teaching Techniques



















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    • 39 min
    TC287: Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 4

    TC287: Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 4

     







    We’re now in day 4 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about hook, line and sinker. The idea is to teach your students classical and pop hooks and riffs. We’ll be talking about how giving students modern pop hooks to play can build their identity as a musician. And it’s crucial in those preteen and young teenage years. If your students keep playing music, we’ll talk about a student versus teacher-led approach to teaching popular styles, how to keep current and some famous pop hooks and riffs! It’s going to be super fun!



















    The songs you need to teach your students.

    Learning two different teaching approaches.

    How to teach pop songs to kids.

    Sarah shares her experience with teaching chord progressions and making lead sheets.

    Tim gives an example of pieces and different ways to play and teach it.

    Discussing today’s homework.

    Sample homeworks.









     







    Hook, Line and Sinker – Hesitant to Hero Challenge

























     









     







    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3







     







    Member Links:







    Hesitant to Hero: Hook Your Students with our Top 5 No-Book Teaching Techniques







     







    Thank you for tuning in!







    Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.







    If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.







    Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.



     







    We’re now in day 4 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about hook, line and sinker. The idea is to teach your students classical and pop hooks and riffs. We’ll be talking about how giving students modern pop hooks to play can build their identity as a musician. And it’s crucial in those preteen and young teenage years. If your students keep playing music, we’ll talk about a student versus teacher-led approach to teaching popular styles, how to keep current and some famous pop hooks and riffs! It’s going to be super fun!



















    The songs you need to teach your students.

    Learning two different teaching approaches.

    How to teach pop songs to kids.

    Sarah shares her experience with teaching chord progressions and making lead sheets.

    Tim gives an example of pieces and different ways to play and teach it.

    Discussing today’s homework.

    Sample homeworks.

    • 35 min
    TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3

    TC286: Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 3

    We’re now in day 3 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about Repertoire Remix. What is repertoire remix and how can it spark creativity in your students? In this episode, we unpack the three levels of creativity in music, how remixing works, and some piece examples that you can play with your students. We are going to build on the skills that we learned in day one and day two by getting creative with the repertoire that students are already learning.













    * The three levels of creativity in music.* Understanding how repertoire remixing works.* How to teach repertoire remixing to your students.* The benefits of repertoire remixing.* Playing pieces with repeating left-hand patterns you can practice with your students.* Discussing today’s homework.* Q&As and tips.* Sample homeworks.















    Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge 

























     

















    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2















    Member Links:







    Hesitant to Hero: Hook Your Students with our Top 5 No-Book Teaching Techniques















    Thank you for tuning in!







    Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.







    If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.







    Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.











    We’re now in day 3 of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge Series on the podcast and today’s topic is all about Repertoire Remix. What is repertoire remix and how can it spark creativity in your students? In this episode, we unpack the three levels of creativity in music, how remixing works, and some piece examples that you can play with your students. We are going to build on the skills that we learned in day one and day two by getting creative with the repertoire that students are already learning.













    * The three levels of creativity in music.* Understanding how repertoire remixing works.* How to teach repertoire remixing to your students.* The benefits of repertoire remixing.* Playing pieces with repeating left-hand patterns you can practice with your students.* Discussing today’s homework.* Q&As and tips.* Sample homeworks.















    Repertoire Remix – Hesitant to Hero Challenge 

























     

















    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1a href="https://topmusic.

    • 31 min
    TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

    TC285: Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 2

     







    Day two of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge is called Lead Sheets in Lesson 1. It’s all about how you, as a teacher, can teach students about harmony and base some really simple ideas right from when they’re first starting to read their right-hand pieces. You’ll see and hear how the process of teaching this takes place and some examples of how it can be done.



















    * Ideas you need to share with your students in the beginning.

    * Making your method book into lead sheets.

    * The process of teaching harmony to your students.

    * Examples of how to play chords and melodies.

    * Discussing today’s homework.

    * Q&As and tips.

    * Sample homeworks.



     

    Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge





























     









     







    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day 1 Related: Left Hand Piano Styles & Patterns







     







    Member Links:







    Hesitant to Hero: Hook Your Students with our Top 5 No-Book Teaching Techniques







     







    Thank you for tuning in!







    Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you.







    If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show.







    Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly.



     







    Day two of our Hesitant to Hero Challenge is called Lead Sheets in Lesson 1. It’s all about how you, as a teacher, can teach students about harmony and base some really simple ideas right from when they’re first starting to read their right-hand pieces. You’ll see and hear how the process of teaching this takes place and some examples of how it can be done.



















    * Ideas you need to share with your students in the beginning.

    * Making your method book into lead sheets.

    * The process of teaching harmony to your students.

    * Examples of how to play chords and melodies.

    * Discussing today’s homework.

    * Q&As and tips.

    * Sample homeworks.



     

    Lead Sheets in Lesson 1 – Hesitant to Hero Challenge





























     









     







    Links Mentioned







    TC284: Chord Quick Wins – Hesitant to Hero Challenge Day ...

    • 36 min

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Inspiring

TopCast is the podcast I look forward to listening. Tim invites interesting guests who share their ideas and experience on topics that are relevant to piano teachers. I have enjoyed the diversity of speakers and topics and highly recommend this podcast to teachers of all levels.

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Highly recommended for music instructors!

I have listened to this podcast for several years and have grown so much in my teaching from what I’ve gleaned from this podcast. Highly recommend for music teachers of all levels of experience and genres.

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Susan Bressette Measuring Success in Smiles

Thank you, Susan!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole world of teachers could embrace all the struggling learners of the world with your enthusiasm.

I am a music teacher in a school for over 100 children with severe developmental disabilities. I have degrees in Speech therapy, MA Ed. Special Education, and am Suzuki trained, and have been teaching music lessons for over 40 years.

I have taught children with cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, TBI, Downs Syndrome, autism and multiple disabilities.

I learned more from your podcast today than I have from many others. Thank you for your inspiration and hard work. Your work will carry on through all teachers who have the blessing of hearing you speak. All the best to you and your family.

Kit Bednar, from TheMusicKit.org (site incomplete as of 9/14/20)

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