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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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    • 4.8 • 119 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.

    TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

    TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak

    In this episode, we are going to talk about one of my favorite online music notation softwares, Noteflight, with John Mylnczak.

    We’re going to unpack the Noteflight and SoundCheck softwares – its benefits, features, and how it can you can use it in your own studio.

    If you are looking for a music notation app bundled with a performance assessment tool for your students, this episode is for you.



    * [02:37] John tells us about his role at Hal Leonard.

    * [03:30] Learning about John’s musical journey.

    * [13:05] Missing education and teaching.

    * [15:45] How publishing companies have adjusted during the pandemic.

    * [18:32] The characteristics that sets Noteflight apart.

    * [23:32] Noteflight’s free plan.

    * [26:03] Learning more about SoundCheck, a performance assessment tool for students.

    * [33:13] Inclusions of multi-student licenses in SoundCheck.

    * [35:03] The potential of technology for music teachers.

    * [41:27] How technology is going to impact music lessons in the future.



    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * Noteflight Website

    * John Mlynczak Website

    * Noteflight Instagram

    * Noteflight Facebook



    Today’s Guest



    John Mlynczak, offers an extensive range of experiences in music education and the music industry and is a frequent national clinician. John is currently Vice President of Music Education and Technology for Hal Leonard and he’s past president of the Technology Institute of Music Educators. John also teaches online graduate courses at VanderCook College and Boston University online and is Google Level 2 Certified Educator.

    Mr. Mlynczak is a passionate advocate for music education and technology, serving on the NAMM State Advocacy Coalition and the NAfME Advocacy Leadership Force. And he’s Advocacy Chairman for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. He holds an undergrad degree in Music Education and graduate degrees in both Music Performance and Educational Leadership.

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    In this episode, we are going to talk about one of my favorite online music notation softwares, Noteflight, with John Mylnczak.

    We’re going to unpack the Noteflight and SoundCheck softwares – its benefits, features, and how it can you can use it in your own studio.

    If you are looking for a music notation app bundled with a performance assessment tool for your students, this episode is for you.



    * [02:37] John tells us about his role at Hal Leonard.

    * [03:30] Learning about John’s musical journey.

    * [13:05] Missing education and teaching.

    * [15:45] How publishing companies have adjusted during the pandemic.

    * [18:32] The characteristics that sets Noteflight apart.

    * [23:32] Noteflight’s free plan.

    * [26:03] Learning more about SoundCheck, a performance assessment tool for students.

    * [33:13] Inclusions of multi-student licenses in SoundCheck.

    • 47 min
    TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

    TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson

    We’re joined this week by none other than one of the best-loved jazz educational composers today, Kevin Olson. Kevin brings a fresh perspective about composing the styles and sounds that inspire our students. He draws inspiration from Schumann to Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock in his compositions, which are frequently top choices for students since they’re so enjoyable to play.

    Our conversation covers chats about creativity, composition, his work at Utah State University, and a look at his latest music featured in TopMusicSheets this month.

    Members – get Kevin’s latest book free inside TopMusicPro membership!



    Do we still have a crisis in creativity?

    His experience with publishing with companies and self-publishing his work.

    Kevin tells us about the music in his TopMusicSheets collection in TopMusicPro.

    His process of recreating and writing pieces.

    Sharing the audio and the story behind the Rockasaurus Rex piece.

    Things that composers consider when composing pieces.

    Kevin’s favourite piece in his TopMusicSheets collection.

    Learning more about his role as professor at Utah State University.

    The effect of the pandemic on his students.

    Common concerns pedagogy students on moving to a teaching career.

    Kevin’s advice for young teachers.



    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * Find Kevin’s music at TopMusicMarketplace

    * TopCast 118 – The “Crisis in Creativity”



    Today’s Guest



    Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the faculty at Utah State University where he has taught courses in piano literature, pedagogy, accompanying, music theory, commercial composition, rock and roll history, among many others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin coordinates the piano program at Utah State University and oversees the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly group and private piano instruction to over a hundred and fifty pre-college community students.      

    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 joined this week by none other than one of the best-loved jazz educational composers today, Kevin Olson. Kevin brings a fresh perspective about composing the styles and sounds that inspire our students. He draws inspiration from Schumann to Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock in his compositions, which are frequently top choices for students since they’re so enjoyable to play.

    Our conversation covers chats about creativity, composition, his work at Utah State University, and a look at his latest music featured in TopMusicSheets this month.

    Members – get Kevin’s latest book free inside TopMusicPro membership!

    • 35 min
    TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner

    TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner

    Creating weekly lesson plans can be stressful during lessons, and can eat up your valuable planning time, too.

    Rosemarie Penner of The Unfinished Lesson shares how you can win back your time with making successful lesson plans for your students. She also shares some of the ways to manage online lesson plans, how to engage your group classes online, her must-have app, and more teacher hacks!

    Rosemarie is currently featured in our new membership course called Lesson Prep Quest in TopMusicPro. This is where you’re going to learn the best ways to plan and prepare for weekly lessons with interviews from nine top teachers, including Rosemarie, Nicola Cantan, and more. If you need guidance on planning, changing to group or online formats, or just just up-leveling some of your existing frameworks, this course is for you.



    * [02:23] Rosemarie’s short introduction on herself and her teaching experience.

    * [04:11] Benefits of a good lesson planning system.

    * [05:48] Rosemarie’s favourite apps.

    * [07:42] Process for practice planning.

    * [11:02] Ideas for group lessons and workshops.

    * [18:17] Tips for online lesson planning.

    * [22:23] 3 Things you shouldn’t do.

    * [25:02] Involving parents in lessons.

    * [29:09] Top advice for lesson planning.



    Transcript of the show about creating lesson plans

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    Links Mentioned



    * The Unfinished Lesson

    * Lesson Prep Quest in TopMusicPro



    Today’s Guest



    Rosemarie is a writer and a boutique piano studio owner who has been teaching for over a decade. She has a Bachelor of Education with a focus on special needs education. Her website, The Unfinished Lesson, is her guide to all of the skills that take teaching and running a business from overwhelming to fulfilling. And she provides creative strategies and smart tech ideas to solve the challenges of running a business while keeping students coming back for more. When she’s not teaching, Rosemarie loves spending time with family, baking, drinking tea, and baking vegan goods.

    Today’s Sponsor



    Sheet Music Plus is the home of the world’s largest selection of sheet music.  Offering more than 2 million titles, you’ll find everything you need for your students, for yourself, and for every group you play with.  Shop songbooks, classical repertoire, and piano methods, all conveniently shipped to your front door.   At Sheet Music Plus, you can also choose from hundreds of thousands of digital scores that you can download and play instantly,  perfect for lessons and last-minute needs.

    And, best of all, teachers are eligible to get 8% cash back on all purchases with the Sheet Music Plus Easy Rebates program.

    Shop today at SheetMusicPlus.com!

    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.

    • 33 min
    TC256: Part Three: 7 Key Areas of Geometric Playing with Michael Gumley

    TC256: Part Three: 7 Key Areas of Geometric Playing with Michael Gumley

    Learn about the common guitar teacher mistakes, why most guitar teachers and guitar methods get things wrong, gamification ideas for guitars, important mindset shifts for guitar teachers and music teachers, and so much more.

    In the final episode of our three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley, we talk specifically about guitar teaching and teaching in general.

    Whatever instrument you teach, you will definitely get awesome ideas and tips from this conversation.



    * [02:33] Biggest mistakes guitar teachers are making.

    * [07:12] Reading music and learning theories are still important but you don’t have to teach them upfront.

    * [10:57] Understanding the 7 Key Geometric Method.

    * [17:44] Gamification ideas in lessons.

    * [21:42] Encouraging students to practice.

    * [23:52] Mindset shifts guitar teachers should consider.

    * [25:34] Doing private versus group lessons.

    * [35:28] Tip for guitar teachers.



    Transcript of the show

    If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

    Links Mentioned



    * Melbourne Guitar Academy

    * TopMusic Blog



    Today’s Guest



    Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at  Melbourne Guitar Academy. 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.

    Today’s Sponsor



    Sheet Music Plus is the home of the world’s largest selection of sheet music.  Offering more than 2 million titles, you’ll find everything you need for your students, for yourself, and for every group you play with.  Shop songbooks, classical repertoire, and piano methods, all conveniently shipped to your front door.   At Sheet Music Plus, you can also choose from hundreds of thousands of digital scores that you can download and play instantly,  perfect for lessons and last-minute needs.

    And, best of all, teachers are eligible to get 8% cash back on all purchases with the Sheet Music Plus Easy Rebates program.

    Shop today at SheetMusicPlus.com!

    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.



    Learn about the common guitar teacher mistakes, why most guitar teachers and guitar methods get things wrong, gamification ideas for guitars, important mindset shifts for guitar teachers and music teachers, and so much more.

    In the final episode of our three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley, we talk specifically about guitar teaching and teaching in general.

    Whatever instrument you teach, you will definitely get awesome ideas and tips from this conversation.



    * [02:33] Biggest mistakes guitar teachers are making.

    • 39 min
    TC255: Part Two: Teaching Guitar with the 80/20 Pareto Principle with Michael Gumley

    TC255: Part Two: Teaching Guitar with the 80/20 Pareto Principle with Michael Gumley

    This episode is part two of a three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley.

    Michael has shared tons of wisdom in this episode on teaching students, setting goals, getting engagement, managing money and so much more. In fact, our conversation had so much goodness that I had to listen to it a second time to take down notes.

    As a music teacher in general, you’ll be able to pick up heaps of knowledge from Michael and we’re so excited to be sharing some of it with you today.



    The importance of a teacher’s job.

    Practicing your instrument and having fun.

    Classical conservatism vs. embracing changing contemporary music.

    Tips on Goal Setting.

    Getting more engagement from students.

    Valuable tips around money.

    Understanding training versus teaching.



    Transcript of the show

    If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

     

    Links Mentioned



    * CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon

    * Melbourne Guitar Academy



    Today’s Guest



    Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at  Melbourne Guitar Academy. 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.

    Today’s Sponsor



    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.



    This episode is part two of a three-part podcast series with our TopMusicPro Guitar head, Michael Gumley.

    Michael has shared tons of wisdom in this episode on teaching students, setting goals, getting engagement, managing money and so much more. In fact, our conversation had so much goodness that I had to listen to it a second time to take down notes.

    As a music teacher in general, you’ll be able to pick up heaps of knowledge from Michael and we’re so excited to be sharing some of it with you today.



    The importance of a teacher’s job.

    Practicing your instrument and having fun.

    Classical conservatism vs. embracing changing contemporary music.

    Tips on Goal Setting.

    Getting more engagement from students.

    Valuable tips around money.

    Understanding training versus teaching.



    Transcript of the show

    If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

     

    Links Mentioned



    * CPTP117: Creating Preschool Music Programs that Rock with Dave Simon

    * Melbourne Guitar Academy



    Today’s Guest



    Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia.

    • 47 min
    TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley

    TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley

    Unpack a whole lot of tips, bust some myths, and engage and motivate students with Michael Gumley and I in this three part podcast series. 

    Micael is the owner and head teacher at Melbourne Guitar Academy and head of the soon-to-launch TopMusicPro Guitar Program. Today we’re going to unpack his own story, how he came to work with us and our plans for this new element of the TopMusicPro membership.



    * [07:12] Michael shares his story about how he came to do the work he’s doing now.

    * [15:44] Deepening students’ identity as a musician.

    * [19:29] Michael continues his journey into learning guitar.

    * [22:28] Teaching students pieces that they want to learn, not only what they need to learn.

    * [28:09] How and when he decided to become a guitar teacher.

    * [43:46] Michael gives us an overview of where he’s at now and his teaching.



    Transcript of the show

    If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

    Links Mentioned



    * Melbourne Guitar Academy



    Today’s Guest



    Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at  Melbourne Guitar Academy. 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.

    Today’s Sponsor



    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.



    Unpack a whole lot of tips, bust some myths, and engage and motivate students with Michael Gumley and I in this three part podcast series. 

    Micael is the owner and head teacher at Melbourne Guitar Academy and head of the soon-to-launch TopMusicPro Guitar Program. Today we’re going to unpack his own story, how he came to work with us and our plans for this new element of the TopMusicPro membership.



    * [07:12] Michael shares his story about how he came to do the work he’s doing now.

    * [15:44] Deepening students’ identity as a musician.

    * [19:29] Michael continues his journey into learning guitar.

    * [22:28] Teaching students pieces that they want to learn, not only what they need to learn.

    * [28:09] How and when he decided to become a guitar teacher.

    * [43:46] Michael gives us an overview of where he’s at now and his teaching.



    Transcript of the show

    If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

    Links Mentioned



    * Melbourne Guitar Academy



    Today’s Guest



    Michael is a guitar teacher and music educator from Melbourne, Australia. He’s the owner and head teacher at  Melbourne Guitar Academy. 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.

    Today’s Sponsor

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    • 51 min

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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.

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