Piano for Leisure teachers’ workshop

AMEB Victoria invites Piano teachers to participate in a full-day workshop to explore the new Piano for Leisure Series 4 publications and resources. Through the interactive workshop, teachers will gain and understanding of the new repertoire contained in each grade book and learn teaching tips and techniques from the innovative Performance Notes printed for each piece.


The morning session will cover Level 1 (Preliminary – Grade 4) and will be presented by Syllabus Consultant, Tim Topham. In the afternoon, Piano for Leisure Series 4 recording producer Caroline Almonte will cover Level 2 (Grades 5 – 8). As this is a professional development opportunity, Statements of Attendance will be provided to teachers on the day.


Sunday 11 February 2018 – Piano for Leisure Series 4 Workshop
Monash University, Performing Arts Centre Auditorium, Clayton


Tim Topham’s presentation on Level 1 10:00am – 1:00pm
Caroline Almonte’s presentation on Level 2     2:00pm – 5:00pm

One session $55 / Both sessions $110.00 (fees include GST)

Teachers may choose to register for a half day or a full day. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided, lunch will be own arrangements.

Details of the venue and parking arrangements will be emailed to participants in the week prior to the workshop.


Tim Topham  MBA (Educational Leadership), BMus, DipEd, AMusA

Tim is a creator of enterprising, innovative ideas for music educators. He hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences. Tim’s passion is helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. His Inner Circle is an online professional development community for piano teachers that supports and resources teachers looking to be more creative in their approach. Tim’s writing and training courses have been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher and various journals and music publications in Australia and the USA. You can get in touch with Tim at his blog: tim@timtopham.com.


Caroline Almonte
Melbourne-born pianist and educator Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing post-graduate studies in piano performance at the Juilliard School in New York. She was winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young Performers Award and won first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, Premio Trio di Trieste. Caroline has performed across Europe, the United States, China, Japan, Canada and South America. As a concerti soloist she has performed under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Nicholas Carter, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz, and with the Melbourne, Tasmanian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. She has collaborated with violinists Sarah Chang and Daniel Hope, cellist Li Wei, and performed with the Australia Ensemble, Flinders Quartet, Australian String Quartet and Escher Quartet. Caroline is a founding member of the Sutherland Trio, a piano trio with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch. She has recorded and produced for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and currently teaches piano at the University of Melbourne.


Caroline was the Recording Producer for the Piano for Leisure Series 4 recordings and, with Ian Munro, was one of the recording artists.