(Closed) Piano Teachers! Share your awesome teaching ideas!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not a piano teacher but went to a music conservatory for a few years.  I think I started playing the piano well as long as I can remember!  My favourite memories as a kid was playing songs in tandem (piano with 4 hands).  It might not work for some but I was always super excited when I got to play togeather with my teacher!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m not a teacher, but can I give you advice as a piano student who wasn’t enthusiastic?

I wanted to learn the piano, but I HATED practising. The songs were always so, so, so boring. Plus, I’m not very musically inclined, so even though my teacher would play a song for me so that I “knew what it was meant to sound like”, I NEVER remembered what it was meant to sound like. So even if I was actually practising, I thought that I was getting it right when really, it was awful.

Unfortunately it was at the very end of my piano experience that I found what would have helped me and it was too late to turn it around, I already had a bad association with the piano.

What would have helped? Disney! Specifically, someone gave me a book of Disney piano music. It was fantastic! I could sing along to the song, I knew the timing, I knew how the song was meant to sound. I actually enjoyed playing those songs.

So if a student is having trouble, try finding songs that they actually like, Christmas songs are a good one especially for the less experienced players.

I’m glad that I did learn piano because I can now read music so that is good, but I am never going to be able to play a song at the drop of a hat, and I’m ok with that. 🙂

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@misscupcake2012:  That is a fantastic way to do it! I would have loved a fun book.

Also, I HATED playing with my teacher because I was always so bad and it was uncomfortable. BUT if I was a good student then I would have loved it. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@misscupcake2012:  I wish I had you as my teacher back in the day! You have great ideas.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

One thing that also helped me was having a teacher that understood I was drawn to a certain kind of music and didn’t “always” force me to play a particular song.  So for example I remember for whatever reason I just was not a fan of Shubert and she worked with me to find a piece which I liked or at the very least “tolerated.”  I think that is particularly important with young kids.  I know if early on my teachers were not flexible with me (I was a stubborn brat) I would have quit early on, but when I discovered the beauty of certain composers, I was hooked for life!

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