I love travelling…. But I hate flying. It’s not a hatred that is comes from fear, but rather a hatred that comes from sitting for eight hours in a seat that reclines a full half inch, and trying to keep my head from snapping forward as I beg for sleep. Now, if that’s not bad enough, Andrea and I also face the fear that one of our very young children will completely lose it… forcing us to endear the frowns and glares of fellow passengers trying to catch a wink.
But, of course, our two little angels never completely lose it; we have the pleasure of walking off the plane with our heads held high, while sweet old ladies remark on the perfection that is our two little girls.
But What The Little Old ladies Don’t Realize…
…is that (while our two little girls really are sent from heaven!) Andrea and I prepare for each and every flight like we’re going into battle. From flight selection to pre-flight naps, from carefully planned snacks to a boatload of art supplies and electronics, we completely earn every compliment Alexa and Halle receive (and if you’ve ever seen the exhaustion on our faces after a long haul… you’ll understand).
Piano Teaching Success Is Like Flying With Kids
When we work with brand new piano teachers who are nervous about their first students, we teach them to prepare as seriously as we do when we’re set for take-off. But it is not just new teachers that can benefit from excessive planning; all piano teachers must be ready to adapt to everything and anything that may (and probably will) come their way.
It is not enough to simply plan several activities to fill a 30 minute piano lesson. Instead, plan 60, or even 90 minutes, of piano teaching awesomeness. And as you plan, be prepared to react to the following scenarios:
1. What will you do if your planned activities finish 7 minutes early?
2. What will you do if your piano student is too wiggly to sit at the piano?
3. What will you do if your piano student is exceptionally shy?
4. What will you do if your planned activities are too difficult/ too easy?
5. What will you do if your piano suddenly breaks and you have 15 minutes remaining?
6. What will you do if your piano student arrives with two broken arms, no books, and a new pair of prescription glasses with the wrong prescription…
Obviously there are plenty of piano teaching scenarios you must be ready for! Prepare heavily in advance, and you can teach with the liberation of knowing that you are ready for everything and anything that the piano teaching world can throw at you.
Preparation makes piano teaching easy. What else makes piano teaching easy?… Our teacher’s guide, Piano Hands Shouldn’t Flip Burgers. Check it out!