Teaching is a fantastic fulfilling experience especially when you get to teach music. One of the best instruments to teach is the piano.

How to be a piano teacher: what you need to know:

  1. You need to learn how to play the piano. This may sound obvious but you cannot teach someone how to play a musical instrument if you don’t know how to do it yourself. Make sure you are completely confident with your piano skills and that you get the necessary qualifications.
  2. Come up with a teaching style that suits you. Each of your students will be different which means that you will need to approach them with individual intent. This does not mean that you should compromise on the way that you teach. Find a style that works for you and adapt it where necessary.
  3. Get to know your students. Each student is different. Some students may learn more quickly than others. You need to be able to come up with individual lesson plans for each of your students, depending on their abilities and experience.
  4. Teach them in the correct order. When learning a musical instrument students tend to pick up bad habits while they are practicing. Make sure to provide them with the basic skills like finger work, scales etc. before allowing them to take on more difficult tasks. At the first sign of a bad habit you need to give them exercises to do to try stop the bad habit.
  5. Enrol them for exams. A good teacher will always make sure that their student’s progress. In order for this to happen they will need to participate in theoretical and practical exams. If you are an after school teacher make sure that you still expose them to this very important process.
  6. Give students the opportunity to play. Once you are happy with your student’s skills, allow them to play around with different styles and techniques. Learning the piano will require dedication and simple tasks, once the student is ready you can introduce them to different genres and allow them to choose which once is best suited to them.
  7. Praise your students. At the end of each lesson, even if they have not been performing at their best, praise them for the good work that they did do. This will help to keep them motivated.
  8. Be Patient. Teaching requires a lot of patience. Make sure that you can keep your cool under pressure, if you have a short fuse then teaching may not be the best option for you.

Now that you know how to become a piano teacher, you can begin your musical journey.

Beginning your musical journey…