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By Amanda Tero

Me? Teach Piano?

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“You play piano? Could you teach my daughter?” The parent looks too desperate to turn down, yet your thoughts run wild. “Me? Teach piano? I can barely play myself? Do they know what they’re trying to get themselves into?!”

“Me? Teach Piano?” is a simple guide to clear up some of your questions as you learn a down-to-earth approach to creating piano policies, interacting with students, and choosing the correct curriculum.

Table of Contents:
1. Welcome to the World of Teaching
– Can you do this?
– Not all musicians are teachers
– When a pianist should begin teaching
– Some personal advice
– The one thing I wish I knew

2. Running a Piano Studio
– How do you get students?
– Where should you teach?
– How much should you charge?
– How to organize billing/payments
– Creating a studio policy
– Scheduling lessons
– Recitals
– How to organize lessons or lesson plans

3. Parents and Students
– You and the parents
– You and the students
– Practice
– Student problems

4. About Books
– Lesson books and beyond
– Supplemental material
– Duets
– Theory
– Hymn Playing

5. About Teaching
– The fundamentals (piano keys, finger numbers, note reading, timing, chords, cadences)
– This thing called “ear”

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