Teaching and Teacher Training

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Webinar Series: 11/20/2018 – Piano – Managing Multiple Streams

In this webinar, Laurie discusses some tips for managing several different streams in the curriculum and answers teacher questions. Topics include: Introduction & Purpose (0:05) When to Teach Variations & Arrangements (1:05) Expected Level of Mastery (07:25) Planning Your Training (11:03) Teacher Questions: Comp &…

Recording students for teacher certification

When do you record your students’ playing? I’m at a point where I should be able to become certified, but I haven’t been good at doing the student recordings because I feel like it’s unfair to them to take up their class time with recording…

Teacher in a valley

I’m hoping to find some advice and encouragement. For several months, I have felt bogged down in studio management (mostly involving recruiting and keeping students since my finances are very restricted at the moment). In the process of trying to fill vacancies and keep my…

When students catch up to teachers

One of my students is on the verge of “outgrowing” me as a SM teacher. I was honest with her mom about it to set the stage in case I need to “graduate” her daughter to another, more advanced teacher. The mom home schools her…

Teaching tip: Preparatory Learning

Teach a very small portion of something without revealing what it’s leading to. This works great with Arrangements, e.g. Soapy Dreams (Dreams #2): I teach just the LH chord shape and ask students to try it in different locations on the piano. Once everyone’s got…

Parental non-disclosure of special needs

I’m in a bit of a teacher valley. A brand new 11-year-old student (just one month of lessons) has quit, though we had lots of good Foundation talks and relationship talks. He was progressing slowly but surely with the Basics and RH/LH of Dreams. He…

Understanding Chord Structure – Laurie Richards (Webinar)

In this interactive teacher webinar, Laurie walks through the ‘rules’ of how chords are built. Using slides for visual reinforcement of the concepts, the following topics are clearly covered: Major Scale How Triads are Built Other Chord Tones 7th Chords Extended Chords Chord Voicing Chord…

Improving teaching over time

One thing I love about starting a new group is a chance for me to “do it better”. To put more emphasis on things I might have glossed over previously. I have a couple of adult beginning classes and I am using keypads more than…

Rejuvenated by teaching

Just grateful! Something stressful was going on earlier today (unrelated to SM) and after teaching I realized all the stress was gone and I was just rejuvenated, not to mention the progress my students had made. Being refreshed in the process of teaching has been…