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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.

TopCast: The Official Music Teachers' Podcast topmusic.co: Helping you become a more successful music teacher

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    • 4.8 • 122 Ratings

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.

    TC280: Introducing the TopMusicGuitar Podcast with Michael Gumley

    TC280: Introducing the TopMusicGuitar Podcast with Michael Gumley

    Michael Gumley, Head of Guitar at TopMusicPro, is joining us once again on the podcast to talk about the newly launched TopMusicGuitar Podcast he’s hosting. In his podcast, Michael interviews awesome guitar teachers doing awesome things in the music education space to share their expertise and knowledge to help you in our own teaching and business. Today, we’re going to get a sneak peek of the guests he’s had and their interesting stories and the future guests that we need to watch out for on the podcast.











    TopMusicGuitar Podcast audience.Michael gives us a rundown on some of the guests he’s had on the show.Inspirational stories of failures and successes of his podcast guests.Future guests on the podcast to look out for.















    Links Mentioned







    * TopMusicGuitar Podcast* TopMusicMarketplace AMusA Resources* TopMusicGuitar Podcast iTunes* TopMusicGuitar Podcast Spotify















    Today’s Guest















    Michael Gumley is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at Melbourne Guitar Academy. He rocked his start at guitar playing at age 15 and was instantly hooked. Michael brings his passion for and love of all things guitar to each and every lesson and seeks to capture the same excitement and wonder that captivated him during his guitar journey with all of his students.















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    Michael Gumley, Head of Guitar at TopMusicPro, is joining us once again on the podcast to talk about the newly launched TopMusicGuitar Podcast he’s hosting. In his podcast, Michael interviews awesome guitar teachers doing awesome things in the music education space to share their expertise and knowledge to help you in our own teaching and business. Today, we’re going to get a sneak peek of the guests he’s had and their interesting stories and the future guests that we need to watch out for on the podcast.











    TopMusicGuitar Podcast audience.Michael gives us a rundown on some of the guests he’s had on the show.Inspirational stories of failures and successes of his podcast guests.Future guests on the podcast to look out for.















    Links Mentioned







    * TopMusicGuitar Podcast* TopMusicMarketplace AMusA Resources* ...

    • 20 min
    TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

    TC279: How to Take a Break and Really Unplug

    Running a studio isn’t easy and because you work so hard, you definitely deserve to go on that dream holiday you’ve been wanting for so long. When it’s finally time to take one, you want to be able to relax and let go of all the worries that come with running a business. But it can be difficult to switch off completely! You have no idea how many times I’ve tried doing this but ended up checking my messages and emails in the middle of a beach somewhere.







    Thankfully, I’ve learnt several ways in which I’m able to reduce distractions and really get away from it all. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode – my 9-step checklist for ultimate relaxation when it’s time to take a break.











    * What you need to do with your emails so you don’t end up with tons after your holiday.* Notifications you need to turn off before you leave.* How to inform and prepare your parents, students, and team about your holiday ahead of time.* Tips on how you can continue getting new students even when you’re away.















    Links Mentioned







    * Free Blues Teaching Guide* Michael Hyatt’s Vacation Optimiser* How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation















    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.











    Running a studio isn’t easy and because you work so hard, you definitely deserve to go on that dream holiday you’ve been wanting for so long. When it’s finally time to take one, you want to be able to relax and let go of all the worries that come with running a business. But it can be difficult to switch off completely! You have no idea how many times I’ve tried doing this but ended up checking my messages and emails in the middle of a beach somewhere.







    Thankfully, I’ve learnt several ways in which I’m able to reduce distractions and really get away from it all. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode – my 9-step checklist for ultimate relaxation when it’s time to take a break.











    * What you need to do with your emails so you don’t end up with tons after your holiday.* Notifications you need to turn off before you leave.* How to inform and prepare your parents, students, and team about your holiday ahead of time.* Tips on how you can continue getting new students even when you’re away.















    Links Mentioned







    * Free Blues Teaching Guide* Michael Hyatt’s Vacation Optimiser* How to Unplug While You Are on Vacation

    • 25 min
    TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

    TC278: The Interview That Made Me Cry with Glory St. Germain

    I was so honoured to be interviewed by Glory St. Germain for her book The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode. What we talked about in this interview later became a chapter in her book called Notes from Miss Mac. In our conversation, I share my personal journey, the lessons I learned, the challenges I faced, the genesis of the TopMusicPro community, and how Miss Mac became such a powerful influence in all of this. 











    * What got me started in the music business.* How my lessons were made fun by my teacher, Miss Mac.* The genesis of TopMusicPro community.* The why behind changing Tim Topham to TopMusic.* Challenges that we faced inside TopMusic during the COVID pandemic.* My top 3 accomplishments.















    Links Mentioned







    * The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar















    Today’s Guest















    Glory St. Germain Founder/CEO, TEDx Speaker, International Bestselling Author of 50+ Ultimate Music Theory Books & The Power of WHY Musicians Series. Glory’s passion for teaching excellence sets a new standard of achievement in Music Theory Education in producing continuous training through her Online Courses, Membership for Ultimate Music Teachers, and business coaching.















    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.











    I was so honoured to be interviewed by Glory St. Germain for her book The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar. And that’s what I’m going to share with you in this episode. What we talked about in this interview later became a chapter in her book called Notes from Miss Mac. In our conversation, I share my personal journey, the lessons I learned, the challenges I faced, the genesis of the TopMusicPro community, and how Miss Mac became such a powerful influence in all of this. 











    * What got me started in the music business.* How my lessons were made fun by my teacher, Miss Mac.* The genesis of TopMusicPro community.* The why behind changing Tim Topham to TopMusic.* Challenges that we faced inside TopMusic during the COVID pandemic.* My top 3 accomplishments.















    Links Mentioned







    * The Power Of Why: Why 29 Musicians Climbed to Superstar















    Today’s Guest















    Glory St. Germain Founder/CEO, TEDx Speaker,

    • 57 min
    TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

    TC277: Our Top 10 Courses Inside the TopMusicPro Academy

    Achieving ongoing success as a music teacher is all about having the right tools at your disposal. TopMusicPro offers you access to courses, workshops, lesson plans, and resources so you can provide your students with the very best in music education. To help you find the most valuable courses for your teaching needs, I’ve listed down our top 10 courses inside the TopMusicPro Academy that will help you become a better teacher today.





















    Top 10 Courses







    * No Book Beginners* Taking the Lead with Forrest Kinney* Teaching Students with Special Needs* Teaching Teens and Transfer Students* Technique Foundations and Transformations * Build your Music Studio Website* Growing a Group Teaching Studio* Make More, Teach Less with Pairs, Buddies and Labs* Orff-Schulwerk & Whole Body Learning* Teaching Guitar Scales















    Links Mentioned







    TopMusicSheetsBuy one of our three popular courses









    Get access to our courses with a 14-day free trial!





















    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.



















    Achieving ongoing success as a music teacher is all about having the right tools at your disposal. TopMusicPro offers you access to courses, workshops, lesson plans, and resources so you can provide your students with the very best in music education. To help you find the most valuable courses for your teaching needs, I’ve listed down our top 10 courses inside the TopMusicPro Academy that will help you become a better teacher today.





















    Top 10 Courses







    * No Book Beginners* Taking the Lead with Forrest Kinney* Teaching Students with Special Needs* Teaching Teens and Transfer Students* Technique Foundations and Transformations * Build your Music Studio Website* Growing a Group Teaching Studio* Make More, Teach Less with Pairs,

    • 22 min
    TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

    TC276: Using Facebook Groups and Social Media to Find New Students with Benjamin Nguyen

    In this episode, our guest Benjamin Nguyen is going to help us understand why social media is a fantastic way to nurture your community and encourage new student sign ups. It’s definitely one of the fastest ways to grow your studio because it has become embedded in our social culture so much that it’s increasingly difficult to think of growing a business without it. If you want to learn how you can use social media to your advantage in your studio, you’ll want to listen to this conversation.











    * Ben’s musical background and how he started teaching.* How Ben entered the space of helping music teachers with their marketing.* Biggest marketing shifts teachers have had to make during the last few years.* Is social media the best way to get teachers known to students today?* 3-step process for teaching teachers to get students using only their laptops.* How to use Facebook Groups for your studio.* 3 systems to have in your studio to see consistent growth.* When should you build your email list?* Top 3 tips from Ben to grow your studio.















    Links Mentioned







    * TopMusicSheets* Easy Chord Progressions for Your Piano Students* Social Music Teacher Website* 6-Figure Studio Facebook Group* TopMusic Teaching Facebook Page















    Today’s Guest















    Ben Nguyen is an entrepreneur from California who attended San Diego State University and started his first piano lesson business at the age of 18. His musical background specializes in piano and percussion, and he enjoys performing along with teaching. Ben is a musician and consultant who helps music studios profit wildly through increasing the number of students and income. He strives to impact the lives of many students worldwide through sharing the experience of music. With the ongoing budget cuts of music programs in schools nationwide, the growth of music schools and studios is vital to the prosperity of music education.















    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.











    In this episode, our guest Benjamin Nguyen is going to help us understand why social media is a fantastic way to nurture your community and encourage new student sign ups. It’s definitely one of the fastest ways to grow your studio because it has become embedded in our social culture so much that it’s increasingly difficult to think of growing a business without it. If you want to learn how you can use social media to your advantage in your studio, you’ll want to listen to this conversation.











    * Ben’s musical background and how he started teaching.* How Ben entered the space of helping music teachers with their marketing.* Biggest marketing shifts teachers have had to ma...

    • 49 min
    TC275: Teaching Expression in Intermediate Historical Repertoire with Janna Williamson

    TC275: Teaching Expression in Intermediate Historical Repertoire with Janna Williamson

     







    Teach your young students the magic of music by unlocking their expression. In today’s episode, we give you a sneak peek into one of Janna Williamson’s workshops inside the TopMusicPro membership where she explores the world of expression in repertoire. Janna is our historical repertoire expert inside the membership and she gives us tips and secrets on how to teach your students to play expressively and beautifully. Janna will guide you through the differences in playing pieces, why expressive performance matters, identifying “how” each period should sound, and so much more. If you want to lead your students to achieve expressive performance of their historical repertoire, this episode is for you.



















    How to teach these historical time periods.

    Why does expressive performance matter?

    Learning to choose pieces and repertoire for your students.

    Baroque repertoire

    Classical repertoire

    Romantic repertoire









     







    Links Mentioned









    * 8 Steps to Diploma Exam Success

    * TopMusicMarketplace









     







    Today’s Guest















    Janna Williamson is a highly sought-after teacher of students of all levels with two decades of professional teaching experience. She maintains a home studio in West Chicago and taught at the Wheaton Yamaha Music School from 2001-2020. She has been an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music since 2004 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance. Janna enjoys performing solo or collaboratively and can be heard throughout the Chicago area on a regular basis.







     







    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.



     







    Teach your young students the magic of music by unlocking their expression. In today’s episode, we give you a sneak peek into one of Janna Williamson’s workshops inside the TopMusicPro membership where she explores the world of expression in repertoire. Janna is our historical repertoire expert inside the membership and she gives us tips and secrets on how to teach your students to play expressively and beautifully. Janna will guide you through the differences in playing pieces, why expressive performance matters, identifying “how” each period should sound, and so much more. If you want to lead your students to achieve expressive performance of their historical repertoire, this episode is for you.



















    How to teach these historical time periods.

    Why does expressive performance matter?

    Learning to choose pieces and repertoire for your students.

    Baroque repertoire

    Classical repertoire

    Romantic repertoire









     







    Links Mentioned









    * 8 Steps ...

    • 42 min

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4.8 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

Missbg123 ,

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.

texbj ,

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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