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#961193 - 09/18/05 06:34 PM Advice for me, a new teacher
DantheMan Offline
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Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 62
Loc: Chicago
I am teaching for the first time tomorrow. Do you experienced pianists have any advice for starting out two new students, and for teaching in general?

I'll let you all know how it goes. \:\)
"Life is a thirty-second note. Live it Forte!"
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#961194 - 09/18/05 06:41 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
pianojerome Offline
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Registered: 01/01/05
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I've had one cello student (actually, two - but one of them didn't last long.)

I remember the first lesson. I was very nervous and excited, and I wanted to make a really good first impression.

After that, it got easier, though there were some tough lessons, too. As the teacher, I want him to play like Rostropovich (no, better than Rostropovich! \:D ) I just wanted to tell him everything I knew, but I guess there's only so much you can teach at one time.

Teaching is very fun and rewarding, and of course I learned a great deal, too. It's amazing how much you learn by teaching someone else!

#961195 - 09/21/05 11:21 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
DantheMan Offline
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Registered: 07/23/05
Posts: 62
Loc: Chicago
Teaching went well on Monday. The two students are siblings; the boy is 12 and the girl is 10. They used to take lessons last year, so I continued where their old teacher left off. Only after both lessons were over, I discovered a Czerny-Hanon book in their bag. I'll get them started on that next week.
"Life is a thirty-second note. Live it Forte!"
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#961196 - 09/27/05 02:35 AM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
eastcountypiano Offline
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Registered: 08/07/05
Posts: 30
Loc: California
You can't help but be excited when you start out. There is so much to think about and share with your new students. Just remind yourself to take it slow and make sure they are understanding you. When kids get confused they just won't tell you.
Jerrie, Piano Teacher

#961197 - 05/13/06 04:33 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
Simon Blundell Offline
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Registered: 04/11/06
Posts: 72
Loc: Liverpool, England
I gave my first lesson last monday. I was pretty nervous but I don't think it went too badly. Well they said to go back next week at least.

#961198 - 05/13/06 04:41 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
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Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 2557
Loc: western Wisconsin
Try not to flood them with too much information at once. When I got started teaching, I would talk way too much and assume a concept was understood far before it was actually mastered.

The first lessons are important because you are setting the "standard" for your and their expectations. It's hard to undo that first impression... Glad to hear you did well!
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#961199 - 05/13/06 10:03 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
sarabande Offline
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Registered: 11/18/05
Posts: 1597
Loc: Mo.
How old are they? Younger kids due to shorter attention spans, I try to spend the first 10 - 15 minutes on whatever I feel most important, then lighter stuff after that.

#961200 - 05/19/06 06:30 PM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
1.Each month go over a key (starting C,G, ect.)

2.Make games to keep them interested.

3.Ask the student what song he/she wants to do.



#961201 - 05/20/06 07:11 AM Re: Advice for me, a new teacher
Simon Blundell Offline
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Registered: 04/11/06
Posts: 72
Loc: Liverpool, England
Here's some worksheets that I've made up as a teaching aid.
www.savefile.com/files/4809453 C Major Scale www.savefile.com/files/1426555 Treble Stave www.savefile.com/files/4040524 Bass Stave

And I agree with Debussy20; I think it should be fun.


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