Here are Some Useful Tips in Piano Teaching

October 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Music Teaching Tips | 1 Comment

Do you want to take your music teaching to the next level? Do you wish to update yourself on some latest trends and techniques in the music education? Well, read on and consider these creative, innovative, practical and gainful tips in piano teaching as we continue our efforts in making our learners feel motivated and inspired to learn music by heart.

Music teachers like me always look for some useful, creative and interactive tips in piano teaching that we can surely apply in our classroom activities. In my search for reliable resources appropriate for music teaching, I kept and took the following considerations which I found useful and effective.  This post itemizes the necessary tips that most music and piano teachers out there can adopt and practice every day.

Consequently, most music teachers consider piano teaching as their passion, profession or both. Whichever it falls, piano teachers always need something, a technology or a program that can help them upgrade and improve their teaching strategies and widen their music teaching resources.  In a private music studio or a music learning center, piano teaching is being administered and shared to students of different ages, cultures and interests –handling learners with differences.

To start with, the following are some of my basic suggestions and general guidelines that you may find helpful in your urge to acquire consistent professional growth and progress. Here is my list:

• Remember that our students are individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses. We shall never generalize and underestimate the capabilities of our dear students. Communicating to each and every student can meet expectations and settle things out.

• Develop a stress-free, fun and encouraging classroom environment. Making our students feel happy, motivated and inspired can amazingly make them learn, listen and participate more in classroom activities without getting bored, tired and exhausted. Piano lessons may seem difficult, complex and boring to some but with our creativity and effectiveness, we can surely bridge the gap and settle this conflict.

• Let rewards, little acts of appreciation and words of encouragement rule the classroom. This point has been a great motivating factor in making your students do well in class and perform at their best. We need not to spend much for this – little things and acts of kindness and recognition will do. After all, your kind words or just a tap on their shoulders can do great things and draw better results in their academic performance.

• Make them join, listen, perform, play, participate and react. Active learning includes participation, communication and interaction. As music educators, we have to employ these six powerful forces in the academe or studio setting: activity, expectations, cooperation, interaction, diversity, and responsibility.

• Always evaluate your activities, methods and strategies. Some techniques may no longer be applicable and appropriate to this school year’s students; some activities may no longer be appreciated by these new batches of learners.

With all these techniques, we can guarantee that our students get the quality music education they need and deserve to have. Let us allow our students to learn, understand, enjoy and appreciate music by heart. Putting these into practice may surely help us so let’s make these things happen and expect better results – active, positive and effective. Good luck, fellow piano teachers.

More reliable tips in piano teaching? Visit this website for music teachers. – Earl Marsden

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  1. Great tips! Thanks. As a Cpiano teacher NJ, may I add that for sight reading, I recommend making sure the student performs the correct action when he reads notation. Explanations and definitions can come later, after the right habitual action is learned. Sight reading should be developed by constantly repeating the experiences that notation, tones, eye, ear, and hand are related in performing the playing again and again. It takes a long time to develop the ability to sight read, so making demands on a student that he isn’t prepared for by a thoroughly developed background can frustrate him.

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