About three times a year we reach out to the Teach Piano Today community; asking our readers to submit their burning piano teaching questions for us to then answer in our blog posts. We want to be sure we’re providing you with the information and resources you really need!
We’re about to ask you to submit questions again this week, but before we do, we thought you’d enjoy having a Top 10 list of the most commonly asked piano teaching questions along with easy-to-find direct links to our answers.
The 10 Most Common Piano Teaching Questions
1. How can I motivate and “save” over scheduled students? This is the most common question we are asked; and with the number of activities available to kids today, it’s no wonder. But we don’t have to give up and simply deal with students who don’t practice and then eventually quit. Check out this link for help.
2. How do I make sure all of my piano students read music well? We’re so glad that this is another very popular question! Some students just “get” it right away and others struggle. Check out these 7 tips for note-reading success.
3. How can I get more students? We love helping piano teachers build their studio. Aside from our piano teaching guide which has helped thousands of piano teachers to move from “almost” to “yes!”. We have blogged a lot about effectively marketing and advertising your studio. One of our most effective tips can be found here.
4. What should I be doing to be sure I’m teaching my piano students to play with good hand position? This post was one of our most popular… because it works! And if it’s their pinky finger that’s stiff and causing problems, try this.
5. Along the same vein as above, piano teachers often ask “What is a good way to get students to use correct fingering?” Check out this post to correct wonky fingering and give your piano kids the skills they need to make good fingering choices.
6. What can I do with a new teenage student who only plays by ear and is self taught? We’ve all had those new students who come in having taught themselves. They are used to playing at a certain “level”… but their note reading isn’t close to where it needs to be! It’s a tricky situation balancing their ego with what they need to learn. Here’s what to do.
7. What are your tips for organizing materials, games, supplementary repertoire etc.? If you read our blog you know we have a lot of ideas… and with those ideas comes a lot of materials. Check out this post to help take charge of piano studio clutter.
8. How do you deal with transfer students who are not reading at the same level as they play at? Transfer students can be tricky for more reasons than simply their note-reading abilities. Check out this post for ideas on how to smooth the transition for both of you.
9. How can I keep kids interested when they need slow practice or lots of repetition? Kids love instant gratification and lots of variety… but sometimes they need good old fashioned time put in before they master something. Here’s how to keep it kid-friendly.
10. How can I encourage piano parents to take lessons more seriously and take on a more active role with home practice? When one piece of the student/teacher/parent triangle is missing then everyone suffers. Here’s 3 great posts to share with your piano parents to keep them interested, involved and committed.
We’re here to help!
In a profession that can sometimes be a lonely one, we’re here to help! Watch for our “call for questions” coming this week and we’ll do our very best to answer each and every one in our upcoming blog posts.