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5 Things I Wish I Was Told When I Started Teaching Piano

by Wendy Brentnall-Wood

So it’s finally happened. You’ve got your very first piano student and things are about to get real. It doesn’t matter whether that first student is a friend of the family, a relative or a total stranger, you will still most likely be feeling a little overwhelmed. You have so much knowledge to impart onto ... 5 Things I Wish I Was Told When I Started Teaching Piano

08/31/2022 Read more

TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

by Tim Topham

In this favourite episode from our archives, author Nick Ambrosino joins us to talk about how to reframe your teaching viewpoint to experience more joy and less burnout. As teachers, we want to see motivated students pursuing their goals with an ownership attitude — but how do you make the switch? Listen to Nick’s powerful ... TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

12/18/2020 Read more

How to be a New Piano Teacher with Old Teacher Wisdom

by Andrew Bishko, Musical U

So you’ve decided to teach piano. Welcome to your new career! What could be more rewarding than guiding aspiring musicians young and old to experience the same satisfaction that we ourselves find in musical expression? As an “old” teacher (27 years in the business and counting), I sometimes look back at my early experiences and ... How to be a New Piano Teacher with Old Teacher Wisdom

11/13/2017 Read more

Why I Teach Beginner Piano Students Without a Method Book

by Tim Topham

Teaching young beginners effectively is one of the most important jobs in music education. But how often do we assess our own strategies for teaching beginner piano versus continuing to teach the way we’ve always taught (or, worse still, the way we ourselves were taught)? In this article, I’m going to explain why you should ditch the method ... Why I Teach Beginner Piano Students Without a Method Book

03/22/2017 Read more