“I have taken piano for 10 years and now I have gotten my first student. I am so excited but I don’t even know where to start. She has taken for one year and is in the Piano Adventures Piano Course Level 1.” ~Aubrey, age 17, Lehi, Utah
What a great question! Thanks, Aubrey
- Find out more about your new student.
- Teach the way you have been taught.
- Find your 5-Star Curriculum.
- Decide your studio policy.
1. Find out more about your new student.
Each student is unique! It is really important as a teacher to find out as much information as possible. Knowing your student’s music goal and how they are motivated can effect how you teach them. My favorite thing to do is to give my students a questionnaire to fill out before they come to their first lesson. Try out this one:
2. Teach the way you have been taught.
Every teacher has to start somewhere. If you are in the position to teach piano, you have had teacher(s) that did something right. Reflect back over your years of lessons and make a list of the things that taught you the most. (ie. scales, particular solo books, activities, group lessons, apps). Think about the weekly tasks your teacher had you complete. Make sure to includes those!
3. Find your 5-Star Curriculum.
What is curriculum? “Curriculum is the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college.” In other words, curriculum is all the puzzle pieces that fit together to ensure your student has a complete learning of piano.
I use a 5-star curriculum. I love to explain it to my students and parents so that they understand the “why” of each book or exercise that I use in the studio.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many books in a method book series? There is a “point” to each of those books. Check out my 5-POINT CURRICULUM below!
4. Decide your Studio Policy
A studio policy is super important. With just one student it might seem unnecessary, but trust me, it’s necessary. This is just a simple document that states a few important business items, such as: How much you charge per lesson/month, when the tuition is due, What happens when a lesson is cancel, and other expectation or rules for your studio.
There are many examples of studio policies online. Look at them and decide what is best to include for your own studio. Don’t know how? Ask Pianogalval