Say the headline aloud! Go on, you can do it. Say it out aloud and with conviction.
During May I’ve been looking at our role as piano teachers. How we started, what choices we made as well as well as why we matter and why it’s important to know our own story. You can find links to all the various blog posts and videos below.
In this final blog post in the series here are four simple but vital things we can do for each other. Before you read any further grab some post-it notes and a pen as you’re going to need them.
#POST-IT NOTE 1
I’m a piano teacher and I help change lives.
This is what you are and this is what you do.
ACTION: Write it down on a post-it note, put it somewhere obvious and keep saying it because it’s true.
# POST-IT NOTE 2
Lose the word ‘just’ from your description.
How often do you find yourself saying ‘I’m just a piano teacher’ in response to being asked ‘what do you do’?
In the past I know I have certainly been guilty of saying this. But ‘just’ is an apologetic word, a ‘tip-toey’ word according to some. CLICK HERE to read more.
ACTION: Say ‘I’m a piano teacher and I help change lives’ 3 times in front of a mirror for a week!
# POST-IT NOTE 3
Recognise your responsibility to your pupils and students.
The lessons and musical engagement they encounter in your time together have the ability to make a significant difference in their musical development. You have the power – use it wisely.
ACTION: Use some more post-it note to write down the main areas of musical development that you are responsible for.
# POST-IT NOTE 4
Acknowledge your significance in the musical life of your community and country.
Wherever you teach you form part of the local community so investigate how to integrate your work with other musicians around.
As a piano teacher is being part of a network of teachers that embraces most places in the world. There’s lots we can learn from each other if we remember to look outside the four walls of our teaching studio.
ACTION: Find another local piano teacher that you can ‘buddy’ up with to support and encourage each other in your teaching.
MAY QUICK GUIDE
This month we’ve been focussing on ourselves as piano teachers. Here’s a Quick Guide to everything we’ve produced.
TUESDAY TEACHING TIPS
Knowing your story and why it matters watch now
Creating the right environment watch now
Creating more energy and inspiration in lessons watch now
Why piano teachers matter watch now
The magic of music watch now
This blog post was written by Dr Sally Cathcart, Co-Founder and Director of The Curious Piano Teachers