The best teachers are lifelong learners, always questioning the way they do things and trying to better themselves. When we continue to learn, we stay passionate about our teaching and have a better understanding of our students. One great avenue for professional development is to study for a teaching diploma.
Tess Hill designed the syllabus for the CTMusA (Certificate of Teaching Music Australia) and is passionate about helping teachers. She mentors candidates for the AMEB teaching diplomas, as well as examining and teaching piano students. She loves helping teachers to improve their teaching skills, and discover new ways to inspire young learners.
Having a teaching mentor and taking lessons yourself is really the best way to improve your teaching. We can learn so much by modelling more experienced teachers, much more than we can from a book. As Tess says to her students:
“Do it my way until you’ve find a better way, and when you’ve found a better way come back and tell me because I want to do it!”
Tess’s passion for pedagogy is inspirational. Whether you’re in Australia or elsewhere I think you’ll learn a lot from her approach to teacher mentoring.
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There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.
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Have you taken a teaching diploma? Or worked with a more experienced teacher in a different way?
Are you considering studying for a diploma or taking some lessons yourself?
If you have any questions for me to pass on to Tess, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
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.