Piano Teaching Resources – Tips on How to be an Effective Teacher

May 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Posted in Music Teachers Resources | Leave a comment

Are you a piano teacher? Do you wish to take your teaching experiences to a higher level? Do you want to be innovative and creative more often and become that modern teacher you’ve always dreamed of? Well, you are on the right page as this post includes some basic rules on how you can win your students’ attention, interest, participation and trust.

Music is universal and dynamic – and so as music and piano teaching. Since we live in a society where music has been a very good and stable medium to bridge gaps and differences among races, cultures, customs and nationalities, we have to make it as well as music teaching a more fun, interesting and rewarding experience.

Learning music is as complicated, challenging and rewarding as teaching this craft to students. With that, below are some piano teaching resources that most music teachers out there can use and adopt in the classroom. Here are some useful piano teaching resources and basic tips and guidelines that you can take into consideration:

• Teach by heart. Music and music teaching may seem to be both your passion and profession. As a music mentor, you really have to step with your best foot forward. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to get the attention, interest and cooperation of the class. Through this technique, you can develop a stress-free, fun and accommodating classroom environment – making the students feel happy, motivated and inspired can amazingly make them learn, listen and participate more in classroom activities without getting bored, tired and exhausted.

• Understand your students’ differences and individualities. These learners have their own strengths and weaknesses; thus, as their music educator, you shall never generalize, overestimate, underestimate, compare and dare their capabilities and skills. Expectations, which are very high and too much, are never healthy and helpful. With this, communication and understanding are the keys.

• Divert difficult and complex lessons to easier and more exciting ones. Piano lessons may seem difficult, complex and boring to some but with our creativity, innovativeness and effectiveness, we can surely bridge the gap and settle this conflict.

• Show them that you care and you appreciate them. Let rewards, little acts of appreciation and words of encouragement rule the classroom. These simple acts may mean great things – a very effective 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 piano teaching resources, you can be assured that your 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, just like what we do and how we integrate music and piano in our lives. Putting these into practice may surely help us so let’s make these things happen and expect better results, a more favorable outcome.

So, let us join hands today and develop, adopt and use simple, innovative and creative piano teaching resources. Good luck, fellow piano teachers.

Visit these piano teaching resources and learn how you can take advantage of this piano teacher software. – Earl Marsden

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