The Ultimate Piano Teaching Conference

Melbourne, 23-24 January 2020

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The piano teaching conference you've been waiting for

If you are a creative, business-savvy piano teacher (or you want to become one), you'll love this one-of-a-kind piano teaching conference, where we combine some of the best creative teaching techniques with studio business and marketing insights.

A one-stream event, this piano teaching conference offers much more than presentations. Participate in workshops, experience masterminds, fireside chats, panel events and, of course, feel the camaraderie and support of your fellow professional teachers.

You will leave this conference excited and with actionable ideas you can implement RIGHT AWAY. 

It's unlike any conference you've been to before!

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Why You Should Attend

DUAL Focus - Business & Teaching

We will focus on Pedagogy and Business – because a well-paid, happy studio owner makes a happy piano teacher. All our sessions are highly informative and will provide you with ideas, insights and actionable advice for teaching and business success.

Not Just Passive Presentations

Learn by listening and by doing. Experience workshops, live teaching, masterminds and implementation sessions. Rub shoulders with some of the world's most creative and innovative teachers. 

Don't Miss ANY Sessions!

Don’t be forced to choose between presentations. Our one-stream event set up means we all share two days together, and listen and learn from each other.

Join us LIVE in Melbourne, and inject creativity, drive and passion into your piano studio
 no matter how long you have been teaching.

Our awesome speaker line-up



Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators.
He hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast and speaks at local and international conferences.

Tim's passion is helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and fun.


Samantha Coates presents:

"The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How the Internet Has Changed our Workplace"

Samantha Coates is an internationally regarded piano pedagogue and presenter. She is the creator and publisher of BlitzBooks, the music education series that has brought laughter and creativity to music theory, sight reading, and piano repertoire.

Samantha’s sense of humour and ability to connect with students through her books and online resources reflect her ongoing dedication to making all areas of music accessible, enjoyable and memorable.

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Sydney Conservatorium) as well as several performance diplomas. She is well known for her entertaining presenting style, and is regularly invited to speak at conferences around the world on a wide range of pedagogical topics. Samantha has never lost touch with what students want; she has been running her piano studio in Sydney for over three decades and is passionate about helping students to work towards the goal of a lifetime association and love of music.

Anita Collins presents:

"Fireworks in the musical brain"

Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. 

Anita is best known for her role as on-screen expert and campaign lead for the Don’t Stop the Music documentary that aired on the ABC in late 2018.

She is internationally recognised for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to the everyday parent, teacher and student.

Anita brings a wealth of experience as an active educator to every presentation. She is an experienced classroom teachers and conductor (Canberra Grammar School), has been musical director for three award winning productions and she has over a decade of experience as a teacher educator across all areas of tertiary education (University of Canberra and the Australian National University).

Carly McDonald presents:

"Learning Big Things With Little People"

Carly McDonald is a highly regarded Australian piano pedagogue and presenter, seeking to connect teachers with creative ideas and strong business acumen.

Carly established her music studio, Novar Music, in 2005. In addition to teaching, she manages 25 teachers in 5 locations across South Australia.

As author of blog Creative.Piano.Professional, Carly provides thought leadership in early music education and studio business.

She is the Creative Editor of The Piano Teacher magazine, Editor of The Piano Teacher Hub Australia, Australian Ambassador for the Piano Adventures series by Randall and Nancy Faber and co-editor of the “I Want To Play That” piano series.

She is passionate about working with students to develop a strong foundation of skills for self-expression throughout their lives. 

Philip Johnston presents:

"The $100m teaching studio"

Based in Australia, Philip Johnston is one of music education’s best known lateral thinkers and writers, with his books on professional development and practicing among the industry’s best sellers worldwide.

He has recorded for Warner Music as a pianist, composed for Alfreds Publishing and the AMEB and Trinity exam systems, and is the creator of the "Bootcamp" series of gamified repertoire and scales books.

Philip runs one of Australia's largest school-based martial arts programs, and splits his creative time between writing, composing, recording and app development.  

Look for his Rachmaninoff performances and original works on YouTube; his books are available through You can see previews of his work at


Nicola Cantan

Nicola Cantan is a teacher, author, blogger and creator of imaginative teaching resources.

Nicola's site Vibrant Music Teaching helps teachers all over the world include more games & creativity in their lessons so that their students giggle their way through theory and make faster progress.

Ruth Power

Ruth Power is a music publishing editor–turned online piano course creator–turned digital content queen from New Zealand with a mission to nurture natural and confident pianists in her online community, and travel the world while doing it.

  Anastasia Buettner-Moore

Anastasia is a UWA piano performance graduate and an experienced teacher in both the WA community and abroad.  

She is currently on the WA Music Teachers Association council serving as Vice President. Anastasia has strong experience in many forms of movement studies, including Alexander Technique as well as experience in the Taubman Approach. 

Joyce Ong

Joyce Ong is a creative business chick, six time author, educator, serial entrepreneur, international photographer and videographer. 

She built a music school from the ground up, sold it, and has now founded New Heights Media, her video production company. Joyce is passionate about helping creatives get better at business. To find out more, visit

Lyndel Kennedy

Lyndel has run a thriving piano studio for over 35 years.

Her early visual arts career shaped her online program, InnerMusician; a multi-sensory teaching approach inspiring both students and teachers in the art of improvisation.

Paul Myatt

Paul is a founding director and co-owner of Forte School of Music, a thriving and growing franchise network of music schools with over 6,500 students across 17 locations in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Paul is a passionate teacher, performer, coach, author, composer and workshop facilitator.

Andrew Raiskums

As AMEB's Theory Editor, Andrew has overseen the production of written and aural components of all AMEB Theory of Music, Musicianship and Music Craft examinations since 2009. He also oversees the content for the AMEB's on line examinations platform.

Andrew is also a well-known choral conductor and directs a number of choirs in Melbourne, most notably Gloriana Chamber Choir, which he founded in 1994. 

Notice: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, event organisers reserve the right to substitute experts and modify session times without notice.

What To Expect


You can’t have a conference without some keynote speakers sharing their wealth of knowledge with you.


Watch Tim Topham teach a student LIVE on stage. This is a unique experience and will allow you to see exactly how Tim teaches creatively in a half hour lesson.


Connect with other teachers and share your knowledge in our mastermind sessions, guided by a topic expert. Ask your questions to our panel of experts. We're here to help you.


Sometime you just have to DO things. After learning a variety of pedagogy and business techniques, you will brainstorm ways to implement them so you can leave the conference with an action plan.

This is going to be a piano teaching conference experience like you've never had before


  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2

8 AM - 9.25 AM



9.30 AM - 10.15 AM


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: How the Internet Has Changed our Workplace

Presented by Samantha Coates

Watch video

10.15 AM - 11.00 AM


Create musicians, not just pianists - the Whole Body approach in action

by Paul Myatt

11 AM - 11.30 AM


11.30 AM - 11.45 AM


Q&A with AMEB Theory Specialist Andrew Raiskums 

11.45 AM - 12.30 PM


Mastering Your Studio Metrics

by Anastasia Buettner-Moore

12.30 AM - 1.15 PM


Easy improv for all ages and stages

by Tim Topham

1.15 PM - 2 PM


2PM - 2.45 PM


Learning Big Things With Little People

By Carly McDonald

Watch video

2.45 PM - 3 PM


3 PM - 4 PM



4 PM - 4.30 PM


4.30 PM - 5.15 PM


Bold & Adaptable: Piano Teaching for Dreamers

by Ruth Power

5.15 PM - 5.30 PM


6.00 PM - 8.00 PM

EVENING SOCIAL - Drinks, canapes and music

Notice: In the event of unforeseen circumstances, event organisers reserve the right to substitute experts and modify session times without notice.

Who Should Attend?

Are you a piano teacher or thinking of becoming one?

Do you want to stay up to date with the latest teaching and business ideas?

Do you want to run a professional, profitable studio that students & parents LOVE?

Do you want to get practical advice and go home with a plan of action?

Then this is the conference for you

Announcing the 2020 Piano Pivot Live Scholarship

New to teaching piano?

Or perhaps currently mentoring new piano teachers?

You or your mentee might be eligible for the 2020 Piano Pivot Live Scholarship! 

 The scholarship aims to encourage new teachers to start their career with the habit of pursuing continual Professional Development.This will benefit both students and the piano teaching industry at large.

The Piano Pivot Live 2020 Scholarship provides a 50% discount on tickets and will be awarded to up to 3 piano teachers.

To find out how to apply, click the button below.


Getting to the conference


Rydges Hotel Melbourne

186 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

How to get to the conference

By Plane

Fly into Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. From there you can either take a taxi (approx. 30 mins) or book a shuttle bus through Skybus

By Car

When travelling to the hotel from the airport, travel along the Tullamarine Freeway and take the left turn into Flemington Rd. At the roundabout, continue straight ahead onto Elizabeth St. Turn left at Victoria Parade and right into Exhibition St. The Rydges Melbourne hotel is on your left.


Parking at the Rydges Melbourne hotel is available, but please note it is limited and subject to availability. If you are a hotel guest, you pay $35 per day with unlimited exits. Please read the hotel parking rules here.


We recommend you stay at the Rydges Hotel. This will ensure you really feel connected to the event and other attendees.

We are delighted to have secured discounted room rates for delegates. You will receive an email with more details upon purchasing your tickets.

Alternatively, here are some other options for accomodation nearby:



INNER CIRCLE MEMBERS -  don't forget to grab your special, member-only discount!

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