I’ve been a Facebook user for some time now. When I first started using it in my mid 20s, it was mainly for connecting with friends, keeping up with news and the usual time-wasting social media activities: browsing the news feed, looking at pictures, playing online games and generally wasting time!
Fast-forward 10 years or so and Facebook has become one of my primary sources of piano teaching information and networking, now ranking as high for as many of my favourite blogs and piano teaching magazines. Just a year ago, there was only one or two Facebook groups for piano teachers; now there are quite a few to choose from so I thought I’d take this chance to recommend three of the best.
The best thing about these groups is that they offer instant feedback for issues, problems, questions and anything that you might need help with in your teaching. Because Facebook has a world-wide membership, you tend to get a really wide variety of answers from all sorts of different people. Even if you post at 2am in the morning, there is always someone around the world likely to be awake and reading!
All these groups are “closed groups” meaning that you have to be accepted by the administrators as a member. Some of them are only open to piano teachers (another member or the administrators need to be satisfied that you are a piano teacher to be admitted). This is different to Facebook Pages where you can simply click on the “Like” button and get regular updates to your news feed. If you would like to get involved in a closed group, either ask a current member to add you, or request membership by the group’s main page.
There are also heaps of Facebook Pages that you might like to follow, including:
These pages are different to groups in that you only need to go to the page and click on the “Like” button and posts by the author will show up in your news feed. There are plenty more out there – leave a message to let everyone know the ones you like! If you would like to connect with me on Facebook, please use the button near the top right of this blog page.
Stay tuned for a future listing of my favourite Facebook Pages!
For those readers not currently on Facebook, I would strongly encourage you to give it a go. It’s easy to set up and privacy settings (which are very important for teachers) allow your profile to be completely hidden and not even show in searches if you wish. Once you have a profile, you can easily search for the above piano teaching Facebook groups and pages.
If you have any questions about how to get started or how to find these groups, please let me know.
Have other pages/groups that you like? Let us know by leaving a comment below…
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.