TopCast: The Official Music Teachers' Podcast

TopCast: The Official Music Teachers' Podcast

Supporting Creative Music Teaching

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November 5, 2021 61 min

Thanks for reading TC266: Is classical music dying? A chat with Benjamin Zander from Top Music Co.

How will future generations experience and value classical music? In this episode, world-renowned conductor Benjamin Zander of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra joins Tim to discuss the direction of classical music and the influence of the music teaching industry. He shares about speaking at Ted Talks, with anecdotes of Boston Philhar...

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Thanks for reading TC265: How Music can Change a Grieving Heart with Leila Viss from Top Music Co.

Our good friend Leila Viss, known to many of you as an inspirational piano teacher and speaker, joins us to talk about overcoming grief through music. She shares her personal walk through this topic and how music helped her to process and heal. Leila also presents insights about how the body always keeps the score […]

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Thanks for reading TC264: When your role as a teacher is threatened from Top Music Co.

As a teacher, it is so inevitable to get that one student who makes you rethink your role as a teacher – students who like teaching themselves on YouTube, doing rote learning, and who are just really out of the box. I’ve had that experience. And I know many teachers see this in their studios […]

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Thanks for reading TC263: Building Trust and Connection with All Our Students with Gloria Tham-Haines from Top Music Co.

Music brings out our student’s creativity and expressive potential. But when students experience frustration or trauma or stress, we often encounter different responses. What is the role that music teachers play in this situation? And how do we make ourselves aware of our actions? Stress and trauma can affect our...

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Thanks for reading TC262: TopMusicGuitar Unearthed with Tim and Michael from Top Music Co.

We are so excited to share the latest and biggest update at topmusic.co for 2021 – the launch of TopMusicGuitar. In this episode, Michael Gumley, Head of TopMusicGuitar, and I will be talking about how the membership and program can help teachers of all ages and stages become better at managing their teaching and business. […]

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Thanks for reading TC261: Managing Individual Learning in Group Lessons with Melanie Bowes from Top Music Co.

In this episode, Nicola Cantan takes over the podcast to introduce us to Melanie Bowes and the wonderful world of group teaching. Melanie has such an interesting perspective on group teaching. If you are absolutely sure that you never want to do group teaching, we encourage you to listen anyway. There’s definitely something...

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Thanks for reading TC260: How to Make Exams a Positive Experience with the Music Teacher’s Board from Top Music Co.

We all know the dread that can come with exams. Today, guests Mark and Nav from Music Teachers Board in the UK explain a potential way to make exams positive and a more pleasant experience for students. Mark and Nav break down the options that come with exams through MTB using technology, examiner training, and […]

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Thanks for reading TC259: Developing innovative music teaching with Noteflight & John Mlynczak from Top Music Co.

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 […]

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September 10, 2021 35 min

Thanks for reading TC258: Composer Spotlight with Kevin Olson from Top Music Co.

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 […]

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Thanks for reading TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner from Top Music Co.

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 t...

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Thanks for reading TC256: Part Three: 7 Key Areas of Geometric Playing with Michael Gumley from Top Music Co.

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 Guml...

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Thanks for reading TC255: Part Two: Teaching Guitar with the 80/20 Pareto Principle with Michael Gumley from Top Music Co.

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 liste...

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Thanks for reading TC254: Part One: Forming an Identity as a Musician with Michael Gumley from Top Music Co.

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 […]

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Thanks for reading TC253: What it’s like to run an online only studio with Jaime Gibson from Top Music Co.

Transitioning to an online-only studio has been a challenge for most teachers but my guest, Jaime Gibson, took this challenge to a whole new level by opening up his online studio to international students. Gibson Online Music School, formed in 2020, currently has students in six countries and across most states of Australia. H...

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Thanks for reading TC252: Saving Hours of Your Time Through Newzik with Paul Leverger from Top Music Co.

Do you use your computer, laptop, tablet or phone to access your sheet music for practice, performance or teaching? If you do or are considering doing so, this episode is definitely for you.  Paul Leverger of Newzik will give us an in-depth overview of the app they’ve created and how it can help you as […]

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Thanks for reading TC251: From Elementary Music Teacher to Teacher Mentor with Jessica Peresta from Top Music Co.

Have you ever had the intention to do something with your career and life shifts that completely? Jessica has that story! As very qualified teacher, she intended to return to the classroom but she pivoted and now she mentors other teachers. In this episode, Jessica shares how she grew her business from knowing nothing a...

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Thanks for reading TC250: Creative Piano Mashups with Rebecca Singerman-Knight from Top Music Co.

With COVID and lockdown, a lot of teachers and students have been faced with the challenge of learning online. Teachers, especially, have had to think of ways to make online lessons more fun and engaging. In this episode, Rebecca Singerman-Knight, shares how she did this through her Lockdown Mashups activity with her students which has...

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Thanks for reading TC249: The Art of Communication with Ben Kapilow from Top Music Co.

As a piano teacher or podcast host, it is so important for you to be able to connect and communicate with your students and audience effectively. But this doesn’t come naturally for all of us.  This broadcast originally aired on the Ben Kapilow All Keyed Up podcast, shared with permission. Ben and Tim discuss tips […]

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Thanks for reading TC248: Building community with piano parents and other teachers with Shelly Davis from Top Music Co.

The encouragement of piano parents to their children plays a huge part in their growth as a student. But, as piano teachers, we also have a role to play in collaborating and connecting with parents and other teachers to help our students succeed. In this episode, Shelly Davis shares the lessons she has learned ove...

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Thanks for reading TC247: It’s Just a Job! with Rachel King from Top Music Co.

Have you ever felt that sense of dread or burnout over teaching? Well, today’s member spotlight really shines a light on this feeling that we all have from time to time. Rachel King had these negative feelings for quite a while but, thankfully, found a way out of it which is what she shares in […]

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