NCKP Meet-Up with Amy and Tim

The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy is just around the corner. This biennial conference put on by The Francis Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy is always held in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

The 2015 event was my first NCKP experience and I was hooked. Being that I’m only a 3-4 hour drive away, I plan on attending every one from now on!

After my first Piano Pantry reader’s dinner at MTNA in Baltimore, I was excited to get the chance to offer something again at NCKP. This time I’m honored to team up with Tim Topham who’s making the trek all the way from Australia for this great conference.

Let me share how I first came to meet Tim.

The summer of 2015 I was looking for help in teaching pop music and chord improvisation for two main reasons: I had a teenage boy who I really needed to do more within this area, and I was offering a summer “Keys to Worship” group class for adults on playing keyboard in a worship setting.

While I myself was already comfortable playing off chord charts, I wanted a little guidance in the best way to teach others the same skills. This is when I found Tim Topham’s website and podcast and began devouring all his content including his Piano Flix series which now a resource as part of his Top Music Pro membership (formerly the Inner Circle.)

Of course, when I heard he would be at NCKP 2015 I was like a little awe-struck groupie. I introduced myself briefly after his session with the usual “I just wanted to say you’ve helped me so much this summer as I started this worship class, blah, blah, blah.” I think a little part of me thought maybe somehow he would know me, you know, since like at the moment I was his biggest fan. LOL.

Fast forward 8 months later and I got the chance to present for the first time at the MTNA National Conference (San Antonio) and who attended MY session this time around? None other than Tim Topham! Once again, I thought “how cool is this?”

Notice who the height-challenged one is in this photo? LOL.

I then had the chance to share my session, the Wild West of Marketing, in a webinar format hosted by Tim a couple of months after.


Sign-Up for Tim and Amy’s NCKP Meet-Up

Here we are two years after I first discovered Tim’s unique content for piano teachers and, as the foodie piano teacher blogger, I’m excited to host a meet-up event together.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you at this event. You do need to book ahead of time so we can know the final numbers for the reservation. If you’re thinking of coming, please book now!

Tim is handling all the details through the Eventbrite registration below.


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