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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

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 118 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.

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

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

    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 your clients alike.







    * [01:47] Exploring what a successful studio business looks like.

    * [04:21] Getting your teaching and studio to a higher level by making it more about the students.

    * [06:38] Making your recitals more exciting than the usual.

    * [07:34] The best changes Sarah and Emily noticed when they started out with teaching versus now.

    * [10:29] Boundaries – what it means and why we need it.

    * [17:30] Sarah and Emily share their experiences when their boundaries were challenged and their learnings from it.

    * [21:04] Sarah’s thoughts about the importance of a client’s financial investment and their investment in the goals they want to achieve.

    * [23:56] Sarah’s process of checking in on parents and students.

    * [25:36] Sharing their recent wins in teaching and what it meant to their students.

    * [28:55] Creating moments to support our students to become the best they can be.

    * [35:22] Emily’s thoughts about teacher differentiation.

    * [36:40] Sarah shares one of the best boundaries she implements in her studio.

    * [40:25] Lessons from experiencing burnout as a teacher.

    * [48:29] Stepping out of their comfort zones and experiencing positive results in the process.

    * [52:55] Sorting out priorities for growth and 5 year plans.



    Transcript of the show

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    About our Guest



    Emily Laney is our Integrator and Content Director at TopMusic and a veteran teacher herself. Emily has enjoyed working in performing arts management in marketing and PR in addition to pursuing creative teaching. She volunteers in MTNA as club treasurer in her spare time.

    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.



    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 your clients alike.







    * [01:47] Exploring what a successful studio business looks like.

    * [04:21] Getting your teaching and studio to a higher level by making it more about the students.

    * [06:38] Making your recitals more exciting than the usual.

    * [07:34] The best changes Sarah and Emily noticed when they started out with teaching versus now.

    * [10:29] Boundaries – what it means and why we need it.

    * [17:30] Sarah and Emily share their experiences when their boundaries were challenged and their learnings from it.

    * [21:04] Sarah’s thoughts about the importance of a client’s financial investment and their investment in the goals they want to achieve.

    * [23:56] Sarah’s process of checking in on parents and students.

    * [25:36] Sharing their recent wins in teaching and what it meant to their students.

    * [28:55] Creating moments to support our students to become the best they can be.

    • 39 min
    TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall

    TC239: Hiding Your Musical Veggies with Composer Karen Marshall

    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 which we will be giving away in our Top Music Teaching Facebook group. So do watch out for that! 

    [03:34] Where Karen’s own music lessons started 

    [10:08] The reason she pursued marketing instead of music. 

    [11:15] Teaching children when she was younger. 

    [12:14] Working in PR and marketing while teaching piano to adults. 

    [14:28] The catalyst of how she started composing music. 

    [19:35] What she did differently in Get Set Piano. 

    [26:20] Karen’s current work

    [31:13] Tips for managing work-life balance. 

    [34:23] The importance of networking in Karen’s work and evolution. 

    [38:00] Karen Marshall shares an overview of her books.  

    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * TopMusic teacher Facebook group (giveaway!)

    * Faber Music feat. Karen Marshall

    * Get Set Piano method



    About our Guest Karen Marshall



    Karen Marshall is a bestselling author and classroom, peripatetic and private music teacher. Karen trains extensively in the area of special needs. She firmly believes in giving children a sound musical foundation and is passionate about bringing the joy of music to all. 

    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, 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 which we will be giving away in our Top Music Teaching Facebook group. So do watch out for that! 

    [03:34] Where Karen’s own music lessons started 

    [10:08] The reason she pursued marketing instead of music. 

    [11:15] Teaching children when she was younger. 

    [12:14] Working in PR and marketing while teaching piano to adults. 

    [14:28] The catalyst of how she started composing music. 

    [19:35] What she did differently in Get Set Piano. 

    [26:20] Karen’s current work

    [31:13] Tips for managing work-life balance. 

    [34:23] The importance of networking in Karen’s work and evolution. 

    [38:00] Karen Marshall shares an overview of her books.  

    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



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    • 45 min
    TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition

    TC238: Member Spotlight: Roslyn Walters on Creative Composition

    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 been teaching music for over 20 years. Her passion is to teach and encourage people of all ages to develop their musical skills and to help them believe that they can do it.

    I’m even more excited that Roslyn has actually been kind enough to share a PDF download of her process for teaching chords. Don’t forget to grab that freebie after you listen to this episode.



    * [03:33] Roslyn shares about her studio and students.

    * [04:05] She tells us about her own musical upbringing.

    * [06:26] Describing her teaching before she joined TopMusicPro.

    * [08:18] Her teaching struggles and worries before joining TMP.

    * [09:57] How the membership has contributed to her growth as a teacher and business owner.

    * [11:45]  Sharing how she used one of TMP’s Creativity Kickstarters.

    * [14:42] Roslyn tells us more about her composition Waterfall and why student’s like this piece.

    * [19:24] Listening to Mystery at Midnight, her students’ own composition.

    * [22:26] An overview of how she teaches chords to students.

    * [24:32] Listening to major and minor pineapple chords.

    * [30:57] What students enjoy about composing their own music.

    * [31:53] The story of how she came across the TMP membership.

    * [34:06] Sharing her first experiences in TMP and the best thing about being a part of it.



    Today’s Freebie

    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * Piano Lesson Melbourne



    About our Guest

    Roslyn Walters has taught piano and classroom music for every 20 years and has experience teaching adults and children, beginners and advanced grades, exams and music for leisure and for fun. Her passion is to teach and encourage people of all ages to develop their musical skills and to help them believe that they can do it. 

    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, 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 been teaching music for over 20 years. Her passion is to teach and encourage people of all ages to develop their musical skills and to help them believe that they can do it.

    I’m even more excited that Roslyn has actually been kind enough to share a PDF download of her process for teaching chords. Don’t forget to grab that freebie after you listen to this episode.



    * [03:33] Roslyn shares about her studio and students.

    * [04:05] She tells us about her own musical upbringing.

    * [06:26] Describing her teaching before she joined TopMusicPro.

    * [08:18] Her teaching struggles and worries before joining TMP.

    * [09:57] How the membership has contributed to her growth as ...

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

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

    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 around another option where you can offer unlimited makeup lessons. Yes, unlimited makeup lessons through video. 

    We’re going to learn how the software works, its advantages, and how it can help you offer unlimited makeup lessons to your students. 



    * [03:18] A quick overview of their studio and teaching history.

    * [08:40] Defining makeup lessons.

    * [09:50] Current best and worst options for makeup lessons.

    * [12:47] The catalyst behind starting LessonMate

    * [14:44] How LessonMate works.

    * [21:00] Advantages of LessonMate versus zoom.

    * [24:52] Policies for missed lessons.

    * [31:37] An example of a win from using LesssonMate.

    * [32:56] Advice on changing policies

    * [36:28] Special discount for TopMusicPro members.



    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * LessonMate Website



    About our Guest



    Dave Hemann and Laura Porter have been private music teachers and freelance musicians for over 30 years. Dave graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. Laura received her Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Saxophone Performance and Literature and has also completed the Orff Schulwerk Levels 1 to 3. They’ve taught music in every imaginable situation and venue from universities to neighborhood schools and homes. In 2008, Laura and Dave opened the Bloom School of Music and Dance, which now serves over 800 students a week.

    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.



    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 around another option where you can offer unlimited makeup lessons. Yes, unlimited makeup lessons through video. 

    We’re going to learn how the software works, its advantages, and how it can help you offer unlimited makeup lessons to your students. 



    * [03:18] A quick overview of their studio and teaching history.

    * [08:40] Defining makeup lessons.

    * [09:50] Current best and worst options for makeup lessons.

    * [12:47] The catalyst behind starting LessonMate

    * [14:44] How LessonMate works.

    * [21:00] Advantages of LessonMate versus zoom.

    * [24:52] Policies for missed lessons.

    * [31:37] An example of a win from using LesssonMate.

    * [32:56] Advice on changing policies

    * [36:28] Special discount for TopMusicPro members.



    Transcript of the show

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

    Links Mentioned



    * LessonMate Website



    About our Guest

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

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

    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 creation platform for coaches, music teachers, personal trainers, and knowledge entrepreneurs who want to monetize their skills online with their own mobile app.

    We are going to discuss how you can work with apps in both the traditional and online teaching setting; how valuable it is for teachers and students; and how Passion.io can help you with delivering content this way.

     



    * [05:10] Dan’s musical background as a drummer.

    * [08:13] Tools and tactics he uses to keep his practice as a musician.

    * [10:28] Why they created passion.io.

    * [13:29] The story of what set him up to this path.

    * [17:38] The value that teachers can get from having an app.

    * [20:19] Expanding your reach through the mobile app experience.

    * [21:42] Positioning your product to be engaging for your target audience.

    * [25:04] What to expect from passion.io.

    * [26:51] Options and ideas of what you can do with your app made via passion.io.

    * [28:55] Augmenting studio offerings to flow with the changes.

    * [31:37] Using gamification as a driver and motivation for practice.

    * [33:37] Dan shares the gamification features that can be used in the app.



    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * Passion.io Website

    * Atomic Habits



    About our Guest



    Dan Harvey is the Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Officer at Passion.io. Prior to founding Passion.io, he was the drummer in the band, Dog is Dead.  

    Dan teaches solopreneurs and beginning coaches and teachers how to sell knowledge digitally and scale their coaching businesses online. He covers everything from months of training, sales, to digital marketing, and course creation.

    His company, Passion.io is a drag and drop, no-code app creation platform for coaches, music teachers, personal trainers, and knowledge entrepreneurs who want to monetize their skills online with their own mobile app. 

    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.



    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 creation platform for coaches, music teachers, personal trainers, and knowledge entrepreneurs who want to monetize their skills online with their own mobile app.

    We are going to discuss how you can work with apps in both the traditional and online teaching setting; how valuable it is for teachers and students; and how Passion.io can help you with delivering content this way.

     



    * [05:10] Dan’s musical background as a drummer.

    * [08:13] Tools and tactics he uses to keep his practice as a musician.

    * [10:28] Why they created passion.io.

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

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

    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.

    Our topic is equally relevant to both musicians and music teachers.

    Angela is a leader in the field of music career development and she maintains a thriving online coaching practice to help musicians get more of their best work out into the world so that they can finally become the artists they are meant to be.



    * [04:07] Angela gives us a quick overview of her keynote at the MTNA.

    * [05:45] She talks about the business and entrepreneurialism program for musicians.

    * [09:16] The story of how she started learning and teaching music.

    * [13:29] Talking about career development and entrepreneurship as a part of university courses.

    * [19:04] The importance of teachers having an artistic vision.

    * [22:52] Finding your core purpose and linking it with the marketing side of your studio.

    * [25:27] The power of storytelling and how teachers and musicians can use it.

    * [26:59] Angela gives us advice on networking for teachers and musicians.

    * [29:34] Why we should try new things and put ourselves out there.

    * [31:55] Angela’s top tips for teachers.



    Transcript of the show

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    Links Mentioned



    * Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music

    * Angela Beeching Website



    About our Guest Angela Beeching Myles



    Angela Myles Beeching has been in the industry for decades and has made incredible changes and had immense impact on so many teachers and musicians around the world, particularly in the area of helping students in conservatories and college areas to find out more about career opportunities and entrepreneurship. She is the former director of career and entrepreneurship programs at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and New England Conservatory. She’s a Fulbright scholar and holds a doctorate in cello performance from Stony Brook University. She’s the author of the classic, Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music. Angela maintains a thriving online coaching practice, helping musicians get more of their best work out into the world so that they can finally become the artists they are meant to be.

    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.



    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.

    Our topic is equally relevant to both musicians and music teachers.

    Angela is a leader in the field of music career development and she maintains a thriving online coaching practice to help musicians get more of their best work out into the world so that they can finally become the artists they are meant to be.



    * [04:07] Angela gives us a quick overview of her keynote at the MTNA...

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 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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