First Time Teaching...NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
I just got a call asking if I would teach. I had 5 years of education on piano and I'm still learning but they want me to teach beginners. And I'm trying to find all the notes and gather every thing you need for teaching but it's so hard. I need tips of how to even start my first lesson.
"THE FIRST PIANO LESSON" is 14 pages of detailed instructions and suggestions. .
What this first lesson encompasses is a step-by-step plan for the beginning piano teacher, the first week, LAYING THE FOUNDATION for the weeks that follow. The help is very detailed, including:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
(Materials such as... )
WHAT YOU WILL BE TEACHING
(Technique, and... )
WHAT YOU WILL SEND HOME On the Student's Assignment Sheet
WHAT TO DO AT THE LESSON
(Naming the piano keys, and... etc.) DOWNLOAD "THE FIRST PIANO LESSON"
From "THE FIRST PIANO LESSON":
"ONE THING YOU MUST BE AWARE OF is that there are many assumptions made here on the part of the book publisher, and perhaps by YOU, the pianist with years of experience. Some of the assumptions:
That the student will ACTUALLY READ the page...
That the student will know that "DOWN" means "Go LEFT on the piano keyboard..."
WHICH HAS BETTER MUSIC, Piano
Adventure Primer or My First Piano Adventure Lesson Books B & C? HMMM... they have a lot of THE SAME music, but re-packaged in MFPA Books B & C. It’s a toss-up. The best thing for a teacher is ..."
NEXT QUESTION FOR THE STUDENT: "Which fingers are going to play in this song?" Wait for her to answer. Remember, she will have to try to remember and figure this out on her own at home this week. Part of teaching must be to help her recall what she learned at the lesson, while learning at home."
"WHY USE THIS SONG Mary Had a Little Lamb?
a) Even though it is just a by-finger-numbers piece for a beginner, it is motivating for kids to play something they recognize, even a nursery piece!
b) The rhythm will come naturally with a familiar piece.
AND MUCH MORE!!! INCLUDING FREE LINKS to pages I use again and again in my own teaching.
"THE FIRST PIANO LESSON" will give you confidence in your first weeks with a new student. DOWNLOAD "THE FIRST PIANO LESSON"
A number of MY OWN TEENAGER PIANO STUDENTS have followed the format laid out in this "First Piano Lesson" when starting their own young students, and it wasn't long before they had each established a routine and felt comfortable heading in new directions, using their OWN JUDGMENT.