A couple of years ago, I started teaching piano to the two girls I have met in our local church (ages 12 and 14). I don’t have any syllabus or fixed curriculum that time and completely relying on the lessons from Youtube and the book I’m using (obviously, it wasn’t formal).
Let’s say I’m just encouraged by their enthusiasm and interest on how to play piano. And on the other hand, I really enjoyed teaching. I feel accomplished whenever there’s an opportunity to share something to someone (especially on the younger generation). I believe that teaching is one way to pass on the baton. It is so fulfilling when you see your students growing in their craft, growing in the things you have taught them.
Teaching piano is not that easy, nor too complicated. It begins with learning, playing, and knowing.
As they say “You cannot give what you do not have,” same thing, you cannot teach what you do not know.
Next is loving the piano and the music it can produce.
Love it. What makes it more enjoyable is that you love what you’re doing. Put your heart into it, and for sure you will excel on it.
No, I’m not going to enumerate the things you need to know to become a good piano teacher. I just wanted to share on this blog post how the door opened once again for me to become a piano teacher, and what it taught me.
I got a text message from one of our worship leaders if I wanted to teach piano/ keyboard, I said yes! It surprisingly became my part-time job (which I never planned nor expected to earn from it). My student’s mom insisted that I should be paid for it, because I am investing my time to teach her daughter (I am deeply touched) and who doesn’t want to earn anyway? :p
It’s also another avenue for me to reach out to my student. I am extending another hour to introduce Jesus in our One2One session (she’ll join the next Victory Weekend!! Praise God!).
My career as a piano teacher doesn’t end there. I brought my keyboard at the office to do some song covers with my friends and also to teach them how to play it.
I am so happy to see them playing. Most of them really learned so fast.
What I learned.
1. Every student is serious enough about learning the piano. The moment a person takes action towards learning, he is being exectant, he’s looking forward what he’ll learn at the end of the day. That’s why I prepare my lesson in a syllabus that has a goal every meeting.
2. Every student needs the same basic knowledge about the piano but not every students will respond the same and, even more, every student needs to follow their own musical desires and learn at their own pace. Indeed, the pace of learning varies from every single person.
3. Teaching forces you to communicate your thoughts. Teaching piano will never be more effective than your ability to make others comprehend them.
Teach. It’s not just good for those you help; it’s good for you, too.