What Kind of Piano Teacher are You Anyway?

What Kind of Piano Teacher am I?

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I my last blog post “Still Trying to Please Everyone? Stop it! You Can’t” I describe an incident with the parent of a prospective student. This particular parent questioned how and why I teach the way I do. This got me to thinking, why do I teach scales and arpeggios after my students have learned to read music? Should I include more technique? Are my music theory books good enough? Am I strict enough? 

Something New Every Week

It seems as though every week I come across some new teaching idea. Some way of doing things I hadn’t thought of before. Just last Friday I went to a lecture on piano technique given by Nancy Bachus, whoa!! I thought I knew a lot about piano technique. After hearing her, I think to myself there’s definitely room for me to up my game on that front. I wonder what else I can improve.

Then there’s Facebook. So many cool things, great music, and awesome opinions. It literally makes my head spin (OK not literally). But it can be overwhelming, and at times I find myself questioning my teaching. What kind of piano teacher am I anyway?

What Kind of Piano Teacher am I?

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Free Online Piano Books and Materials

Paloma Piano offers Free online piano books and materials, What are the advantages of being able to print your piano method books?

I have been teaching piano lessons for over 30 years. I have used many different piano methods and most of them are very good. I love to compose music and it has always been my dream to write my own piano method books and music and have them available on line. Here’s why I decided to create free online printable piano books and materials;

Cost

It is less expensive to print free online piano books and materials than it is to buy piano method books and music.

Convenience

Printable music means it’s easy to replace lost music, or reprint music and have a clean copy. You never have to worry about running out of books or not having what you need for your students.

Creativity

I wanted to be able to add new music without having to republish books. In my thirty-plus years of teaching I have created many resources and written music for my students this is my chance to share with other piano teachers.

Community

I wanted to create a learning a community where piano teachers would be able to share ideas. When you join the Paloma Piano Community your ideas and suggestions matter. We are all interested in what you are doing with your music career. Paloma teachers are made up of  composers and authors, as well as teachers who organize workshops, and run non-profit piano organizations to serve their communities.

What music Paloma Piano members get with a Free Membership?

Paloma Piano features:

The Petite People’s Primer-music for young students

Method Books-skill based progressive lessons

Music Theory

Technique

Reading exercises

Lots of great arrangements of folk songs from throughout the world

Original music for beginning through early advanced students.

These are some features of Paloma Piano’s printable piano music you might like.

All of the PDF music and graphics are black and white, to save you and your students money on printing.

The printable method books are each less than 40 pages making printing fast and easy.

New music is being on a regular basis.

Paloma members are welcome to offer suggestions, about the creation of new content.

Members can download and reprint the music for their own students.

These are just a few of the advantages of a printable piano method.

 

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How To Get More Piano Students and Grow Your Studio

 

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How to Get More Piano Students

If you are just starting out as a piano teacher and dream of having a large, vibrant studio: here are some ideas on how to get more piano students.

Piano Teaching is a Great Job!

If you’re looking for a job that makes a difference in people’s lives, it’s hard to beat teaching. Especially private piano teaching. We have our students for a long time, and we teach them something that they can enjoy for a lifetime, or even pursue as a career. But what does it take to have a great studio? Is it even possible in today’s tight economy? Can’t students just learn to play online? Does anyone really want to play at all anymore?
Sure times might be tough, but fear not! – piano players have been around for centuries, and that’s not going to change. People love music and the piano is the most popular instrument. Research shows that music study is excellent for the minds of young and old alike, There is less music being offered in schools, yet parents want their children to be exposed to music. People of all ages are discovering that they can experience the joy of playing the piano, and the best most tried and true way of doing it is with a teacher, like you! So you can absolutely get more piano students.

I have been teaching the piano since I graduated from college. I also worked as a classroom teacher. I decided to leave my school teaching position and open my own studio in September of 2001. I placed some ads and waited for the phone to ring but, of course, it did not. It took a couple of months after the shock of the 9/11 tragedy to get back to focusing on my business but I knew I had to get more piano students to stay afloat.

Here is how I grew my studio from 0 to 45 students in 2 years;

1. I decided what kind of studio I wanted to have. I decided to focus on teaching children and teenagers, beginner through advanced classical music. I wanted a formal style studio with bi-yearly recitals.
2. I wanted to teach at my home and have 40-50 students. I drew up a schedule with time slots waiting to be filled in with the names of my new students.
3. I created a mission statement for my business.
4, I created a website (not nearly as nice as this one** ) and I posted my contact numbers, qualifications, fees, and pricing for the lessons. (I priced the classes competitively, I did not want to be the cheapest, or the most expensive.)
5. I made business cards and handed them out to everyone that I could.
6, I sent a note to local music teachers making them aware of my studio and offering my services as an accompanist.
7. I put ads in local papers. (I would also recommend church bulletins if they have advertising.)
8. I offered a free introductory lesson and I gave a free lesson to students for referrals.
9. Don’t forget to choose a great piano teaching method! Of course I hope you will choose Paloma Piano online piano method.
This is what I did to get started. In another post, I will discuss how to build upon the successful studio.
I would love to hear how all of you teachers got started with your studios. why not leave a comment?

 

If you would like a free online method to use in your studio,

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