Tinkham also received coaching from Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Gerard Schwarz, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas, and as a coach himself he has led seminars such as "Managing and Leading a Youth Orchestra" for the League of American Orchestras Orchestra Leadership Academy.

“Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.
— Michael Tilson Thomas