Category Archives: BEING A PROFESSIONAL

online piano lessons

Zoom for online piano lessons – 10 ways to set up safe and secure lessons

In the last couple of weeks more and more people, including piano teachers, have turned to zoom for online piano lessons. It’s a great platform on the whole and for many people (although not all) it’s more stable and versatile than the alternatives of Skype, Facetime or What’s App. Zoom has been in the news […]

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TEACHING PIANO ONLINE – GETTING STARTED PART 2

Finding the positive in this current situation is challenging but, as piano teachers making the switch to teaching piano online, the profession has the opportunity to think of this as a big, long-term research project. Its hypothesis: what effect will teaching piano online have on the progress of students and the attitude and motivation of […]

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TEACHING PIANO ONLINE – GETTING STARTED PART 1

  As Coronavirus, Covid-19 continues to take hold across the world more and more piano teachers are considering the possibility of teaching piano online. It’s clearly not without its challenges but, if you approach it in the right way and with a positive, curious attitude you might find that it brings some unexpected, fresh ideas […]

CORONAVIRUS AND PIANO LESSONS

With Coronavirus spreading throughout the world here’s a few practical tips for being proactive in your piano studio and teaching. By taking a few, simple steps you can keep yourself and your students as safe as possible and help to prevent any spread of Coronavirus: #1. MAKING CONTACT Make contact with all parents, whether at […]

Curiosity Box

A REVIEW OF 2019 CURIOSITY BOXES

2019 has been a bumper year for our Curiosity Boxes, the monthly series of masterclasses, workshops and library of teaching resources available to members. Here’s a round up of all the resources that have been published this year. If you’re already a member of The Community you can just click on the links for immediate […]

7 tips for feeling prepared

7 TOP TIPS FOR STARTING YOUR NEW TERM FEELING PREPARED

Are you feeling prepared yet for the new piano teaching term ahead? Are you wondering if there’s something that you’ve missed doing so far? Our wonderfully creative, open and curious piano teachers who make up The Community have all been busy getting ready. Here are their 7 top tips for starting the term ahead feeling […]

safeguarding & child protection in piano teaching

BEING A PROFESSIONAL – SAFEGUARDING & CHILD PROTECTION

Have you ever had concerns over safeguarding & child protection issues? Been worried about the physical or mental well being of a student? Do you know what DSP stands for? Do you know who your DSP might be or how to contact them? In this week’s blog post we are continuing to consider piano teaching […]

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HOW TO EARN A STEADY INCOME TEACHING THE PIANO

As a piano teacher do you have worries and concerns about maintaining a steady income? I certainly did for many years. When I started to teach I was very ad-hoc about how I actually ran the business side of things. I never created a business plan for my teaching in my early days. Why should […]

make-up piano lessons

Make-up lessons and your T&Cs

‘Adam is going on a school trip next week so please could we organise a make-up? ‘ ‘I’m sorry but it’s been sports day today and Emily is exhausted. Please could I cancel her piano lesson today and arrange a make-up another day.’ What do you say? I’m sure many of you have been faced […]

running a piano teaching business

Running your piano teaching business

Like it or not, if you teach the piano you are running your own piano teaching business. In the last blog post I asked whether piano teachers are, like other arts based subjects, open to exploitation. Just because we have a passion for what we do. This week let’s put the passion to one side […]