Miracles take place every day in our piano studios… and while they may not be as grand as the Statue of Zeus or the Pyramids of Giza, they are “wonders” all the same.
I’m all about celebrating the positives of piano teaching – sure there are headaches to this job, but if given the choice between teaching piano and doing anything else (except for a Food Critic… I really think that’s got to be the best job ever!) I’d choose piano teaching every time!
Check out Piano Teaching’s Seven Wonders and then feel free to add your own wonders in the comments below…
Announcing the Seven Wonders of the Piano Studio
1. The Hands Together “Moment”
We all know “that” piece… the one that is the first opportunity your piano students have where they play two notes at once. The harmony that results makes their eyes immediately light up. Usually it’s a 3rd; usually they then hammer it out repeatedly and want to use the pedal, play it up high, down low… upside down… It’s a moment where they simply delight in the enjoyment that is producing beautiful sounds.
2. The Memorization Miracle
When you sit back and think of it, it’s truly amazing that these small children we see each week can not only master the skills needed to correctly play through a piece, but they can also then completely memorize it. Their little fingers fly over those keys with nothing but their memory to guide them. It’s truly incredible.
3. The “I Did That” Realization
There’s something magical about watching your piano students at your recital march up on stage and perform beautifully knowing that, without you, they wouldn’t have been able to so. There’s also something incredible about listening to a piano student perform whom you have taught for 8+ years, knowing that their mad piano skills are a direct result of you!
4. The Perfect Piece Phenomenon
In every piano student’s life there will be one piece that seems to complete something inside them. It’s a piece that motivates, resonates and accomplishes more growth and progress than any other piece they’ve encountered. It’s different for every piano student, but it is a wonderful thing when it happens!
5. The Student Saver Sensation
Piano lessons have the ability to alter the course of your students’ lives. So many of our teenage students are kept on the “straight and narrow” because piano lessons have given them self-confidence, purpose, an identity, an emotional release, goals, skills… the list goes on. The fact that our influence as piano teachers can literally “save” these kids we work with each and every day is a true phenomenon.
6. The Self Motivation Revelation
The moment when your piano student excitedly shows you a piece they learned top to bottom all by themselves is a “wonder-worthy” moment. Wasn’t this just the same child who insisted you write note names and finger numbers, demonstrate, re-iterate and remind? Now this student can take a piece of music, and (using the skills you’ve given them) decode this new language into something beautiful. It’s an “aha” moment for your student when the world of sheet music becomes completely accessible to them; it’s a “wow” moment for a piano teacher as you watch your student blossom.
7. The Chain-Reaction Marvel
Have you ever sat down and actually calculated the number of children you have influenced over your piano teaching career? By the time you’ve taught for 20+ years this number is truly amazing. Now consider how many of those students then went on to inspire others to take up piano lessons, and how many of those who were inspired then ignited the spark of “piano passion” in a whole new circle. Each of these people who were touched directly or indirectly by your piano teaching will impact those around them whether it be through their playing, their own teaching, their decision to involve their own children in piano lessons… the list goes on! You’re just one person, but you have mass amounts of piano proliferation power!
Yup, We’re Pretty Awesome
Others may think we’re simply Piano Teachers; working away diligently in our individual studios around the world. In actuality, we are miracle-makers… these “Seven Wonders of the Piano Teaching World” prove it 🙂 What “wonders” would you add to our list? Share in the comments below.
Feeling full of wonderment? Well, while you’re in the wondrous frame of mind, there’s lots of “wunderful” things happening at WunderKeys.com! As you start your planning for the coming school year, be sure to check out our Preschool Piano Program and give yourself the opportunity to offer this unique program to a whole new age group in your community.