If you don’t yet have a piano teaching diploma, take a moment to imagine how it would feel to achieve one in 2018.
Preparing for and achieving a piano teaching diploma can help you to build the skills necessary to increase your confidence, your impact and your income.
THE HURDLES TO ACHIEVING A PIANO TEACHING DIPLOMA
Yet preparing for a piano teaching diploma takes time and effort. The preparation is even more daunting if you don’t have a course to follow, a mentor to guide you and a group of fellow-students to help keep you accountable. Chances are, if you attempt to prepare for a piano teaching diploma by yourself, you’ll fall off the wagon (unless you’re one of those ultra-motivated and resourceful people).
Courses that lead to accredited qualifications in piano teaching are like hen’s teeth. However, let’s be honest, even when opportunities do arise, it’s easy to procrastinate.
5 REASONS WE PROCRASTINATE
#1 – Fear of failure It can feel better to put off getting started because of the fear of failure. Fear will often cause us to hang back for no good reason. It feels safer not to try than to try and fail.
#2 – Lack of self-confidence When you doubt your ability, you’re less likely to embrace opportunities that will enable you to develop new skills.
#3 Timing It’s never going to be difficult to come up with a perfectly valid reason why you shouldn’t do something. We’re always busy. Always.
#4 Effort Think of something that you don’t particularly like doing. Ironing. Cleaning. Chasing unpaid lesson fees. Filing your tax return. However, a big part of the problem comes from looking at the task as a whole rather than breaking it into manageable bite-sized chunks.
#5 Lack of structure Doing something for the first time, without knowing the step-by-step process, can feel daunting. For example, if you’ve never taught a group lesson before you’re probably itching to see someone else’s lesson plan and observe what they do. Having a time-frame structure is also helpful when we want to achieve something by a particular date, otherwise the goal-posts keep moving.
THE COST OF PROCRASTINATION
Procrastinating about your professional development as a piano teacher means that you miss out – BIG TIME.
Growing up I wasn’t the brightest kid on the block. Yet who I am now has been shaped by overcoming my fear of failure, my lack of self confidence and by investing in and making time to do the things that have equipped me with the skills and experience I needed to move forward in my piano teaching career.
Making progress in our piano teaching careers is about making that choice to show up and take action. It’s not possible to achieve your potential and earn what you’re really worth by standing still and being content with the skills and resources that you currently have.
If I’d procrastinated:
- I wouldn’t have achieved a Masters in Music Education.
- I wouldn’t have helped 100 piano teachers gain an accredited piano teaching diploma.
- I wouldn’t have spent £4,000 on the 12-week online course that inspired the idea that, with Sally, became The Curious Piano Teachers.
- I wouldn’t have got to know so many wonderful people who have shaped the direction and progression of my career.
- I wouldn’t have heard that student say “You made me smile and believe in myself again.”
HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?
“One bite at a time!”
As with anything that might seem impossible, we can achieve more than we ever thought possible when we break the task down into bite-sized chunks. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with the ATCL and DipABRSM piano teaching diplomas.
NEW ONLINE PIANO TEACHING DIPLOMA COURSE
This month we’re launching our new online piano teaching diploma course that will guide you, step-by-step, through the work and study that you need to do to successfully achieve an accredited piano teaching diploma in 2018. You get to choose between preparing for the ATCL (awarded by Trinity College London) or the DipABRSM (awarded by the Associated Board).
What’s more, this online course isn’t just a diploma course. It’s designed to have an impact on the way you teach and on the way your pupils learn.
PIANO TEACHING DIPLOMA ONLINE COURSE – DATES
Start course: September 2017 | Finish course: November 2018 | Take exam: Winter 2018
Application deadline: Friday 30 June 2017
DOWNLOAD BROCHURE & ATTEND FREE WEBINAR
Our graphic designer Oonagh has created a gorgeous brochure that gives you lots of information. Sally and I will also host a live webinar on Thursday 11 May (11am BST) that will provide even more information and give you a chance to ask us questions.
CLICK HERE to download the brochure
CLICK HERE to register for the free webinar