Ongoing education is critical to good piano teaching! I have scheduled time in my calendar each week for research, networking with other teachers, and attending webinars and conferences. I feel as if I can never learn enough about early childhood piano technique, method books, creative teaching techniques, ear-training and rhythm exercises, the best way to teach theory to five year olds, new pieces that should be added to our music library, student competitions and performances, practice expectations, new apps – the list goes on and on. It is a world I’m sure I’ll never get to the bottom of in this lifetime!
Without this ongoing education my teaching would be stale. My students would be bored. I would be burned out. And my mission of developing lifelong love of music in young piano students would miss the mark.
I am a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and NEPTA (New England Piano Teachers’ Association). The picture above was from our NEPTA meeting last week. Dr. Julie Knerr, co-author of the Piano Safari Method (highly recommended - some of my very young piano students love it!), came to speak to our member meeting about creative teaching techniques and lost gems in the classical piano repertoire. Very inspiring!
I also enjoy following a few blogs that are in line with my philosophy as a piano teacher.
What do you do to further your own education?
Michal Grace Harris
Piano Teacher & Accompanist