Here is a wonderful article that can open your mind to see piano teaching in a new way:
Advice for Pianists: Piano Lesson Myths…by Howard Richman
Piano lesson myths are so ingrained into our culture and our consciousness that it almost seems silly to counter them. But on close examination, even the most “obvious” beliefs about piano study and piano practice are not only wrong, they are damaging to the individual who is bound by their chains. This material is an attempt to help pianists of all levels be liberated from such mental constraints, attitudes and assumptions regarding piano lessons, so that they might truly reach their goals.
Like most things in life, it’s important to know our goals.
Goals for Students
- Draw out the talent God has given them
- Learn how to read music
- Learn how to compose music (if desired)
- Discover their preferred musical style and encourage them in their desired goals
- Give them a foundation that can be helpful in learning another instrument in the future
These are my goals for students, but I also ask them what their goals are.
Sometimes they don’t know what their goals are, but we can help them find them. Pay attention to the songs that they “click” with, and help direct them on their journey as a musician.
Sometimes they do have a vision. Perhaps it’s to lead others in worship, play songs by one of their favorite artists, compose their own music, or play the great classics.
What are your goals for students?
What are your students goals?
Let’s not forget our goals and theirs, so that we strive to be the best teachers we can be.