The art of teaching

Posted by: Mr.A

The art of teaching - 08/07/09 04:22 PM

Hi, im new to this forum, im sorry in advance for my long message smile.

Im a first year "classical" composition student and I've been playing the piano for more than three years, which is not that long, but since I made the decision of going with music all the way and since I was an adult beginner with a lot of drive and love for the "craft", I was doing 5-7 hour practice sessions every day, and I pretty much breathe music 24 hours a day.
today Im at a good level of playing and understanding of the material and for a very long time Ive been wanting to teach.

Im sure that I can do a good job, because first, I really want to teach and I have a lot of respect for the role that a teacher plays in a life of a student, and second, I know that I can devote myself and give a 100% in order to pass on the joy of music and playing.

My problem is that im a little afraid of taking the responsibility of someone's future.
I feel that I cant really garuntee a student that I wont make mistakes as an inexperienced teacher.
on the other hand, experience wont form on its own, and maybe I should just read all I can read about the diffrent approaches of piano teaching and dive in, prefecting my swimming as I go along....

I would love to hear your inputs, and get some recommendations for good pedagogy books.

thanks.
Posted by: Mrs.A

Re: The art of teaching - 08/07/09 05:45 PM

Hey Mr. A....I amd Mrs. A!!!

Yes, read and learn as much as you can. I find understanding how children learn is very helpful in teaching piano. There are many teacher who know everything about piano but can’t translate that to teaching . Many teachers just teach what they know about music. A good teacher teaches kids to “learn” about learning. You are not going to screw them up. If you can instill that love of music in your students you will not have failed. I would send my own children to you. In hopes they would catch some of our enthusiasm
Posted by: EDWARDIAN

Re: The art of teaching - 08/07/09 06:22 PM

Welcome!

You sound like you have a wealth of musical knowledge to share with students. Certainly beginners. But equally important you have a wonderful attitude and respect for the student and teaching itself. You have a healthy degree of humility, and take the responsibility seriously.

All new teachers make mistakes. We're only human. But if you admit that, and are willing to learn the art of teaching as you go along, you and your students will be greatly rewarded. This forum helps, but there's nothing like jumping in with that good attitude of yours. Keep an open mind. Borrow the good things and methods you've learned from the teachers you love.

When I first began teaching over 20 years ago, I had doubts about my ability.
But as the years go by, I'm so glad I was encouraged to teach. I've had so many wonderful students, and I know both they and I have benefited from the experience.

Good luck. Let us know how it's going.
Posted by: Mr.A

Re: The art of teaching - 08/08/09 04:36 PM

Thanks a lot for the support.
Ill read some more and Ill go for it.
Posted by: Jennifer Eklund

Re: The art of teaching - 08/11/09 12:54 PM

It sounds like your head and heart are in the right place. You will make mistakes when you start teaching, but that's all part of developing your skills as a pedagogue. If you can find somebody to mentor you who has a lot of experience I would recommend going that route. Try to sit in and observe as many lessons as you can -- you will learn far more about teaching that way than from reading a book.

Research a wide array of materials available to beginners and acquaint yourself with the business-side of being a private instructor. Any new endeavor introduces a number of challenges -- just hang in there!

Best,
Jennifer Eklund

Originally Posted By: Mr.A
Hi, im new to this forum, im sorry in advance for my long message smile.

Im a first year "classical" composition student and I've been playing the piano for more than three years, which is not that long, but since I made the decision of going with music all the way and since I was an adult beginner with a lot of drive and love for the "craft", I was doing 5-7 hour practice sessions every day, and I pretty much breathe music 24 hours a day.
today Im at a good level of playing and understanding of the material and for a very long time Ive been wanting to teach.

Im sure that I can do a good job, because first, I really want to teach and I have a lot of respect for the role that a teacher plays in a life of a student, and second, I know that I can devote myself and give a 100% in order to pass on the joy of music and playing.

My problem is that im a little afraid of taking the responsibility of someone's future.
I feel that I cant really garuntee a student that I wont make mistakes as an inexperienced teacher.
on the other hand, experience wont form on its own, and maybe I should just read all I can read about the diffrent approaches of piano teaching and dive in, prefecting my swimming as I go along....

I would love to hear your inputs, and get some recommendations for good pedagogy books.

thanks.