Believe it or not, becoming a piano teacher is not too difficult. As long as you have enough experience playing the piano, you can start teaching students. The actual steps to learning the piano and becoming competent enough to teach the material might take years. You don’t need a certification to teach someone how to play the piano, so the process of becoming a teacher is not long.
The first step to becoming a piano teacher is to advertise your studio as much as you can. For myself, I began advertising on Facebook. I posted statuses on my Facebook profile page about how I am teaching lessons. My advertising was simple. Now that I look back on my advertising, I wish I had advertised more often. I remember how I posted once or twice a week, and then I stopped posting for a couple months. I wasn’t consistent and that’s why I would recommend posting often. Advertising is the best form of getting students to your studio. I have more blog posts where I talk about how to advertise and where specifically to advertise.
The next step is to choose a method book that you want to teach from. I’ve talked about this before also! There are tons of books available and I would suggest going to the book store to check each book out. Decide for yourself which method book would work best with your teaching style. Don’t be afraid to choose a method book because you can always change it later. I would choose a lesson book and a technic book. The lesson book has all of the lesson plans and curriculum. The technic book is full of technical exercises built for improving technique. If you want, you can purchase some of these books ahead of time to start learning for your first lesson.
The next step is to begin scheduling the students that responded to your marketing. Don’t be afraid of telling everyone you know that you’re teaching piano. It’s a great way to start getting some new students and it doesn’t hurt to have some students from the get-go! I was always too shy to tell everyone that I teach piano. I started to come out of my shell, but I’m still too shy. I use a scheduling system from google calendar. I like how I can take my calendar with me and I can update it digitally wherever I am. Find what works best for you.
Now that you have everything set up, it is time for your first lesson! I was so nervous when I first began teaching piano lessons. I stumbled with my words and I look back at my first lesson with humor now. I was too nervous. I should have tried to relax and everything would have gone better. After your first couple months of teaching, you will get better at it. There’s no need to worry right now if you feel like you’re not a good teacher. You will definitely be able to develop a better teaching style and your teaching skills will improve! Be kind to yourself. You’re just starting teaching and it can be daunting. Try to stay calm and happy.
I wish you all the best in your teaching endeavors! I’m here if you ever need any advice on teaching. By the way, I am going to be opening a teachers pay teachers store soon! I’m so excited for this and I will be updating my blog more about this new path! I enjoy helping other teachers pursue their dream of becoming better teachers. Be sure to stay tuned for more blog posts and content from me. I hope you have a great weekend!