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Re: I Want to Teach! [Re: jdw] #2746426
06/22/18 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jdw
Opus Maximus, I'm not about to become a piano teacher, but I really appreciate your helpful response, especially the recommendation of resources to help an aspiring teacher to study up and be better prepared.


+2. It was very helpful, and POSITIVE.


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Re: I Want to Teach! [Re: BNicole] #2746564
06/23/18 03:46 PM
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You consider yourself intermediate and aren't taking lessons to further your piano skill? If that is correct, I don't feel you are qualified to teach anyone. All students must to taught correctly or risk exposing the student with bad information they could potentially carry with them for life. Why would you want to risk doing this to some one?

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Re: I Want to Teach! [Re: MomOfBeginners] #2746630
06/24/18 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by MomOfBeginners
The problem is that there's an abundance of beginners compared to the number of non-beginners who are willing to start with a new teacher. The non-beginner is either happy with their first teacher, or doesn't want to take piano lessons any more.

Actually, that's not quite true.

Things happen. Teachers move, or quit. If the newbie teacher has connections, we actually do refer students to each other.

And, as I have observed over the years, most parents have absolutely ZERO clue on how to find a good piano teacher. I can write five novels on the horrors of bad piano teaching--AND people who actually put up with it, for YEARS! Unfortunately, by the time these kids get to me, there's virtually nothing I can do to set things right.


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Re: I Want to Teach! [Re: Opus_Maximus] #2746633
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Originally Posted by Opus_Maximus
Since you are totally new to teaching and don't have a degree in music, naturally you will need to start our with a rate lower than average, and possibly cater towards low-income families or college students. But this does not necessarily need to stay the same, and your fees can grow in proportion to your education and experience.

You'd think that's common sense, but I've seen "teachers" that charge the market rate despite their lack of credentials. Granted, a credential does not a good teacher make. I was just a little offended that they'd be charging what I was charging.

The rest of your post is very helpful, but I think the OP needs a little bit more than that.


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