5 Tips to Help Every Piano Teacher First Starting Out

By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Piano teacher working with a student

Music is something many of us cannot go a single day without and love to share with others. A single note can attach itself to someone for different reasons and stay with them for the rest of their life. To be able to share and pass that passion on to others is something that is unlike no other.

With that being said, teaching piano can also be tricky and feel overwhelming at times. Here are some tips to help you get started in your piano teaching career.


1. Focus on One Thing at a Time

With so many different techniques and styles to teach students, it can get overwhelming and confusing on choosing the right thing to do. Just focus on breaking down the new mental, physical and artistic skills to a pace that can be taken in well and applied.

2. Appreciate Different Learning Styles

Just because you learned how to play the piano one way, doesn’t mean that everyone else learns that way too. Everyone is different and will have different strengths and weaknesses. Some students will learn well from one beginner’s book and others will not. There will be bits that work and bits that don’t.

Once you have taught a variety of students, you will start to build a library of different books and know how to teach the different types of learners.

3. Take Time for Yourself

While teaching can be lots of fun, you want to make sure to take time for yourself to prevent any burnout or stress. Spending all your time preparing, planning, correcting, teaching and managing your business can wear you out fast.

Make sure you have family time, private time and some by yourself. Set guidelines on when and how often you will offer makeup lessons, holidays off and cancellation policies. Organize yourself before you start so you can dedicate time for work and time for play.

4. Help Students Reach Their Individual Goals

While at college, students are trained to aim for precision in playing. They play the same thing over and over and over until it is perfected. However, for younger students, that is not the case. They will get bored if you have them play pieces for much too long and resent playing. It good to aim for perfection, but it is also good to know when to move onto a new concept.

5. Celebrate Small Successes

Encourage and celebrate the small things that your students achieve. It will motivate them to keep going in their studies and show them how far they have come. It’s great to see the look on their face when they’ve crossed a milestone or accomplished something they’ve worked hard at.

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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