How To Teach Piano Better By Showing Up With Purpose
Do you ever feel like sometimes you’re teaching on autopilot? You want to be a teach piano better but you show up with no plan except to continue where you left off last week, moving onto the next page in the method book, or going through the same motions every time. Does it leave you feeling unsatisfied, not in control, lacking direction or intent? Like you’re not giving value to your students? Like you’re failing them somehow?
Let’s talk about how you can flip this approach and teach piano better by showing up for your students with purpose.
Recently, when I got back into teaching after a break, a friend of mine asked me how I felt about it now. And I realised that something had changed. I no longer felt those negative feelings because I now had clarity around WHY, WHAT and HOW I was teaching, and that made all the difference.
You may have come across the idea of living your life on purpose. Which I take to mean you have a clear plan on HOW you live your life and WHY you do what you do. Not just going through the motions without thought or design.
Those of us who drive know the feeling of getting in your car, starting to drive and then turning up at your destination with no clear memory of how you arrived. You just got there on autopilot. It’s a scary feeling, right?
I don’t know about you but I quite like being in control of where I go and how I get there. I’m not particularly interested in living my life in a semi-conscious state of awareness.
But I didn’t always feel that way about teaching. And here’s why.
Teaching was a side gig
To be blunt, teaching piano used to be just a job for me. It paid the bills. It was not my passion. I was more focused on pursuing other musical goals. I was afraid that committing to teaching meant giving up on the dream. But really, that was just crazy thinking.
Whether teaching is a side gig or your life’s calling, there’s nothing stopping you from having a mindset of intention rather than obligation, of purpose rather than vagueness.
Lesson planning was non-existent
In the past, I never thought of having a lesson plan. The idea of doing one never entered my mind. I just assumed that all you needed to do was turn up and teach on the fly. I would bluff my way through anything I didn’t know and figure it out later.
There was definitely no strategy or program.
It’s pretty obvious to me now that flying blind only fuels anxiety. One of the best tips I have learnt for teaching piano better is to be prepared with a plan. This makes for a much more enjoyable and relaxing experience.