The Ultimate Piano Teaching Conference

Melbourne, 23-24 January 2020

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A piano teaching conference like no other

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.


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Samantha Coates presents:

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

Anita Collins presents:

"Fireworks in the musical brain"

Carly McDonald presents:

"Learning Big Things With Little People"

Philip Johnston presents:

"The $100m teaching studio"


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 - 9.30 AM



9.30 AM - 10.30 AM


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

Presented by Samantha Coates

Watch video

10.30 AM - 11.15 AM


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

by Paul Myatt

11.15 AM - 11.45 AM


11.45 AM - 12.15 AM


Q&A with AMEB Theory Specialist Andrew Raiskums 

12.15 AM - 13.00 PM


Mastering Your Studio Metrics

by Anastasia Buettner-Moore

1.00 PM - 1.45 PM


1.45 PM - 2.30 PM


Learning Big Things With Little People

By Carly McDonald

Watch video

2.30 PM - 3 PM


Easy improv for all ages and stages

by Tim Topham

3 PM - 3.20 PM


It's ALL Fun and Games

by Nicola Cantan

3.20 PM - 4 PM


An Introduction to Masterminding & Mastermind 1

4 PM - 4.30 PM


4.30 PM - 5.20 PM


Attract Your Dream Students Through Instagram

by Ruth Power

5.20 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.


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.

Alternatively, here are some other options for accomodation nearby: