TC252: Saving Hours of Your Time Through Newzik with Paul Leverger

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 a teacher, composer, performer, and musician. The features of the app will blow your mind, particularly the new Maestria program that uses artificial intelligence to do awesome things to your music sheets.
Join us in this conversation to know more about how it may be helpful for you  as a teacher or performer and how you can access your free one month Newzik app trial!

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[03:30] Learn about the Newzik app and what it does.
[05:23] The collaboration and cloud-based connectivity on the Newzik app.
[06:31] The difference between a digital score and just a pdf score.
[08:35] How Maestria can help you listen to your sheet music and take it to the next level.
[13:22] Using the app to practice and collaborate with others when you’re unable to do so face-to-face. 
[15:36] How Newzik is different from forScore
[19:24] Getting music sheet pdfs into the Newzik.
[24:31] Newzik subscription prices and free forever version.
[28:18] Extended free trial for podcast listeners.

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Today’s Guest

Paul Leverger is a trained drama and electronic musician who is passionate about music technology. Before taking over as chief marketing officer of Newzik, he spent three years travelling the world to train people to use their software with digital scores. 
A true music expert, he now dedicates his time to help music teachers innovate in their teaching and save time by using digital score technology.
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TC251: From Elementary Music Teacher to Teacher Mentor with Jessica Peresta

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Today’s Guest

Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
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TC250: Creative Piano Mashups with Rebecca Singerman-Knight

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 encouraged them to compose, sing, and play music that they really love.

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[02:37] Rebecca shares about her teaching and studio.
[04:02] She talks about her childhood piano lessons.
[06:16] How her teaching looked before she joined TopMusicPro membership.
[08:58] Pain points of teachers who join the membership.
[10:14] Coping during the time of lockdown with her students and working on Lockdown Mashups with them.
[20:29] Steps she took to do the Lockdown Mashups with her students.
[21:16] Resources and apps she used for checking her lessons.
[25:36] Rebecca shares the mashups of her students.
[38:52] Tailoring the activity for the students.
[40:30] Mashups and combinations she has up her sleeve at the moment.
[42:40] Teaching tips for teachers.
[45:55] How she came across the TMP community and how she uses it.
[52:26] Advice for teachers who want to join the membership.

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Today’s Guest

Rebecca Singerman-Knight is a piano teacher based in Teddington, South West London. Rebecca worked in the corporate world for 15 years before leaving to set up her own private studio. She tailors her teaching to her students’ specific interests and provides a varied musical experience in her lessons. In this podcast episode she shares how she got creative with her lessons during lockdown doing piano mashups with her students.
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TC249: The Art of Communication featuring Ben Kapilow

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. 
In this episode from the archives with Ben Kapilow of the All Keyed Up Podcast, Tim shares his tips and tricks on how he has learned the art of communicating effectively as a teacher and podcast host. We also discuss importance of being student-centered, how you can prepare and stay present in lessons, and why silence can be crucial in effective communication, too.

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[01:14] Overlap and connection between podcasting and interviewing and lesson delivery.
[04:39] How to make lessons student-led for shy students.
[08:16] Approaching podcast interviews in a neutral way.
[12:22] His experience in rethinking teaching approaches to students.
[14:11] The importance of being student-centered.
[17:11] Balance of being prepared and being present in podcasting and teaching.
[22:03] How Tim has learned to communicate with laser sharp clarity.
[28:25] Tim shares more about TopCast and TopMusic.

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Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
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TC248: Building community with the help of piano parents coupled with other teachers with Shelly Davis

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 over the years by  teaching piano, as well as interviewing so many teachers, parents, and students on her podcast, the Piano Parent Podcast.

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[02:40] Shelly gives us an update and peek behind the scenes on her Piano Parent Podcast.
[05:17] The technological advancements she has gained since starting the podcast.
[07:10] Lessons from the podcast that she has applied in her teaching life.
[10:40] Shelly tells us about how music teachers have a different level of parent support at home.
[15:12] Advice for teachers to help connect with their studio parents better to inspire students.
[19:01] Having parents feel that they are in a combined partnership with the piano teacher.
[23:21] Challenges that make it hard for parents to help at home.
[27:25] Shelly tells us more about the concept of the community of teachers.
[34:08] Advice and thoughts about parents and music education.
[38:32] Shelly tells us more about her new project.

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Today’s Guest

Shelly Davis is the host of the Piano Parent Podcast. She’s been an independent piano teacher since 1990 and has worked with hundreds of children. She currently lives in Texas, has been married for 32 years, and is the parent of four musical children. 
Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
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TC247: It’s Just a Paid position! with Rachel California king

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 this episode. She is now enjoying her teaching like never before.
I’m so thankful because Rachel really lets us into her life and how she’s feeling. She also shares the shift she made, how it came about, and the impact it has had on her teaching and students.

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[03:34] Rachel shares an update on her current studio and students.
[04:36] Her feelings regarding her teaching before.
[07:29] What she did to make herself feel enthusiastic in teaching again.
[11:12] How she felt after her mindset change.
[12:23] The outcomes that happened after.
[14:13] The reaction of students to the change.
[15:53] Her new approach to teaching students.
[17:32] Feeling less anxious and frustrated about lessons.
[19:30] Rachel talks about liking her students better and students performing better after the change.
[20:00] The changes she saw in her relationship with money and the income that she’s making.
[20:58] Being able to stand firm on her studio policies and increasing rates because of her new mindset.
[24:29] Rachel’s response on emotional investment in teaching.
[27:54] How Rachel found out about TopMusicPro.
[30:33] Sharing how she justifies the investment she’s making at TMP.
[31:54] Future plans for her studio.

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Today’s Guest

Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.
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.
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TC246: Why ALL job hopefuls need to sing through Nikki Loney coming from the Full Voice Podcasting

Have you ever considered implementing singing in each of your lessons? Or is it already a part of your teaching routine? There is so much benefit to be gained from this exercise and this is what Nikki Loney and I are going to talk about today.
Nikki is the owner of The Full Voice, The Full Voice Music (a publishing company), and host of The Full Voice Podcast. In this episode, she shares some practical tips and ideas for getting started in including singing in instrumental lessons.
It is so valuable in teaching and learning instruments which is why singing is also a core part of my No Book Beginner Framework. It’s about how I teach in those first 3 to 10 lessons without any reading and without any method books. But there is a lot of singing, chanting, and clap backs, and musical conversations, and percussion, and all that kind of stuff because it’s so important.

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[03:16] Nikki’s story of how she came to do what she’s doing now.
[08:21] The importance of singing for instrumentalists.
[15:45] Initial things we can do with students ages 6 and 7 for singing.
[20:45] Enhancing lessons with singing work.
[23:26] Her take on Kazoos.
[24:03] Improvements teachers who start encouraging singing in their lessons can expect from their students.
[27:55] Nikki tells us about the Full Voice Podcast.
[30:59] She shares about her publishing company Full Voice Music.
[36:15] Final thoughts from Nikki. 

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Today’s Guest

Nikki Loney is a voice teacher, podcaster and vocal music resource creator from Canada. Nikki has been working with singers of all ages and abilities for 30 years. She discovered her teaching inspiration came from her youngest voice students. Her evil agenda is to inspire teachers to welcome young singers into their teaching studios. And her publishing company, Full Voice Music, has been intriguing voice teachers with fun and educational, vocal music resources for more than 20 years now.
Today’s Sponsor

Newzik is a unique digital score platform that lets you work in real-time with other musicians. With over 100,000+ users, Newzik lets you organize your scores in a digital library accessible at all times, enrich your scores with multimedia files including YouTube videos, and most importantly share your scores and markings in real-time with your band, your students, or your entire orchestra. Newzik offers a free-forever option as well as affordable subscriptions with unlimited storage and extra features such as Maestria, the first Optical Music Recognition technology based on artificial intelligence, which lets you turn paper into interactive digital scores.

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TC245: Are Recitals the Best Way to Assess Students? with Tom Donald

Have you ever wondered whether recitals and forcing kids to perform on stage is really the best way to assess their growth in their music learning? For the longest time, recitals have been teachers’ go-to but as time and technology have changed music and lessons, so have these assessments.
In this episode, Tom Donald shares creative ways of looking at his students’ progress and how this process has helped both his students and studio.
Join us in this interesting conversation as we dive deep into the alternatives you also might want to consider for some of your students who maybe are doing things more in the composing, recording, and songwriting realms.

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[04:42] Tom tells us about himself and his music school.
[05:54] Different ways to assess the progress of our students.
[09:40] How they started recording their students’ music.
[12:17] The music recording process.
[16:18] Releasing the music to the public.
[19:01] Several styles of releasing music for children.
[20:25] The reason behind calling his students members.
[21:06] The packages he offers and the marketing he does for lessons.
[22:20] Tom shares secret wins on teaching.
[23:47] How student releases can come back as great marketing for their studio.
[26:00] Students releasing music for the fun of it.
[27:44] Update on his performances.

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Today’s Guest

Tom Donald is an incredible jazz pianist and also one of our expert teachers in TopMusicPro.
He is a passionate advocate for the use of chords and improvisation in all music learning. He’s also a champion for the struggling adult amateur by connecting them with their inner genius. He’s a real coach. He’s worked on musical transformations with countless students over the last two decades and now heads up the London Contemporary School of Piano.  In this episode, we discuss some of the innovative ways he has implemented in his school to assess students.
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TC244: Supporting your local community with Mike Grande

We’ve got a return guest today, Mike Grande, who actually came on the show about a year ago right at the start of the pandemic. 
We’re doing a catch up on what he’s been up to, how he handled the closure of his half a million dollar school in New York 5 months after it opened, and the great things he has done and is still doing to help his students, their families and his local community.
Of course, we’ll also be talking about his Rock Out Loud Live platform and how things are going with that since it started during the start of the pandemic.

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[04:09] Mike shares his experience with building his music schools and how Rock Out Loud Live started.
[06:48] The reason why Mike decided to build a new platform for online lessons.
[10:34] How he handled the situation his studio was in during COVID.
[15:42] The story behind his recent award.
[19:52] How hybrid lessons are going to play out in the future.
[22:39] Using virtual lessons for make-up lessons.
[24:34] Mike gives an overview on Rock Out Loud Live.
[27:10] Features of Rock Out Loud Live.
[30:26] The number of users the platform has today.
[31:50] Rock Out Loud Live pricing and inclusions.
[32:59] Talking about back up plans for your business.
[36:44] Mike shares his presentation on One Inch at the Teacher Turbo Conference.

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About our Guest

Michael Grande is the owner of two music schools; one in New York and one in New Jersey. In November 2019, after spending over $650,000 building out his New Jersey school; Rock Out Loud, he was told he had to close due to COVID-19. As the music education world went to ZOOM for Virtual Music Lessons, Michael decided to accelerate the production of his own Virtual Music Lesson Portal; RockOutLoud.live. RockOutLoud.live is the world’s FIRST Virtual Music Lesson portal designed for music educators that is three years in the making. To date, Rock Out Loud Live is now being used in 113 countries, hosts over 40,000 lessons a week and has 4000+ music schools currently using the platform for their Virtual Music Lessons.
Today’s Sponsor

Are virtual lessons with ZOOM driving you MAD?Audio issues, trouble connecting?
RockOutLoud.LIVE is a virtual music lesson video platform made for music teachers who want to provide their students with the ultimate virtual music lesson experience. Inside the RockOutLoud.LIVE video application, you’ll have access to resources like sheet music searches of a library of songs along with chords you can share across screens to your students in real-time. Plus, your student can download their virtual lesson notes while inside the virtual session! It’s cheaper than your Zoom account and gives you all of the tools to teach in an interactive lesson. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial by visiting RockOutLoud.live today.
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TC243: Quick bites: Unpacking Evolution innovations with Tim Topham

Are you one of those teachers who want to expand their business while not trading time for money anymore? You can do it with a little bit of imagination and a lot of help from TopMusicPro Evolution. In this episode, Tim unpacks Evolution Innovation from inspiration he has found in some of our current Evolution members. 
Whether you want to launch an online course, membership, subscription service, sell arrangements or sheet music online, compose, or write a book, we will help you through that process.
Listen in to learn more about this and how music teachers (not just piano teachers!) have benefited from it. 
Related: attend this free 45-min webinar on how to start your own music teaching business idea. topmusic.co/3secrets

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[02:10] Do you have secret projects at the back of your mind?
[03:39] Learning how to build an online music business through Music Teacher Startup.
[05:52] Idea samples of teachers who are a part of our evolution membership.
[10:16] Top benefits of joining us.

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Today’s Sponsor

Are virtual lessons with ZOOM driving you MAD?Audio issues, trouble connecting?
RockOutLoud.LIVE is a virtual music lesson video platform made for music teachers who want to provide their students with the ultimate virtual music lesson experience. Inside the RockOutLoud.LIVE video application, you’ll have access to resources like sheet music searches of a library of songs along with chords you can share across screens to your students in real-time. Plus, your student can download their virtual lesson notes while inside the virtual session! It’s cheaper than your Zoom account and gives you all of the tools to teach in an interactive lesson. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial by visiting RockOutLoud.live today.
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.
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