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How To Become A Piano Teacher – Pocketfuloflearning

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!

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The most important part of building a teaching business

I’m the type of person that needs a flexible schedule. Before I began teaching, I was working jobs that required me to be at a certain place for 8-10 hours at a time. Building my teaching business from the ground and up inspired me to work hard every day. I don’t have time to slack because my business relies on me to consistently work every single day. It’s worth it though. All of the hours of work I put in to my business has taken care of me for more than six years now.

The most important part of building a teaching business is to always stay working. There are days where you’re not going to have much work to do, but try to remember that there is always something that you are able to do every day. I remember two instances in my life when I knew that constantly working was important. The first experience I had was when I was laying in my bed. I was a college student at the time. I didn’t like working and frankly, I had never worked before either. My dad stopped by my room and told me that I needed to do something. I was watching tv shows on my phone all day and never accomplishing anything. My peers were working on the resumes, studying, and accomplishing much more than I was. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t let myself turn into that type of a person. I need to work and I knew I needed to work harder.

The next instance in my life where I knew that I needed to work harder was when I barely had ten students in my teaching roster. I didn’t know how to recruit new students. I decided to post in neighborhood groups on facebook that day. I made my own flyers and I put them in every facebook group that I could find. The entire endeavor took more than an hour. I was tired and exhausted. I had never worked so much just for marketing. In the next two hours of posting, I received ten new students. It took time to make a flyer, write a bio, and post them everywhere. If I hadn’t done that, I would still be teaching only ten students a week. I would have never gotten more business.

There will always be something more that you can do to expand your business. A teaching business requires more of your time than a normal job would require. As long as you love teaching and you know that this is what you want to do, you will want to do the work. It won’t be draining because you love doing it. I hope this has helped a fellow teacher with their teaching business. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

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I’m feeling guilty today

I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit. My work has involved pushing myself to work rather than having set hours at a day job. I have to make my own schedule and that’s not always easy. Recently, I have been working on recording for my course. I’m planning on selling a comprehensive piano course for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. It’s quite a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much that I would rather spend my time working on it than hanging out with my friends. I understand that spending time with my friends is important, but I have a family to think about now. I have to set up a good future income source for us; this requires me to be working almost all the time. I’m still not sure if I’m crazy to want to work tomorrow. I’m thinking about all of the work I could get done and I really want to do that instead of going out. I understand how YouTubers feel now! They’re always talking about recording and editing before they go out. I’ll think about my decision tomorrow morning. I also think I’m hesitant about going out because I love working on my course too much! That’s a good thing right?

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Getting my work done at the library as a full-time teacher

The library is my all-time favorite place to work. I think it’s my favorite because it’s quiet and I feel more motivated to get my work done. I am currently in the process of recording for my piano course. I’ve been teaching for more than six years currently and I want to expand my teaching studio. I also have been recording myself playing several piano pieces. I absolutely love it. My teaching website is currently in the process and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my teaching career. The reason why I mention that I am recording my course is because I am planning on recording much of it in the library. I tested out the possibility of recording it in the library and it has been a success. I just finished recording my first set of lessons.

The next reason why I love getting my work done at the library is because the study room that I rent is only open for two hours. The two hour time limit is a good reminder to remained focus on my work. I am easily distracted, so this is a huge benefit for me. I also think that the two hour limit is great for recording. It’s difficult to record for long periods of time. Two hours feels like just enough for a day of work.

I also work at my office. When I go there to work, there is free coffee/tea/water. I really enjoy working there also. It’s pretty loud there so I am not able to record there. I’ve seen my colleagues feel comfortable to have their phone conversations, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet. I still feel shy when i’m recording my lessons at the library. The rooms at the library are isolated, so I don’t know why I still feel nervous. Overall, working at the office versus working at the library are different experiences. It depends on what type of work I am trying to get done that day. For example, I was working at the office yesterday. Most of my work was answering work messages and printing out sheet music. The type of work I was doing fit the work environment that I was in. Today, I really wanted to get some recording done so the library was perfect for what I needed.

Let me know what type of work environment that you like working in!

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Publishing my first post on my new tablet

My history with new technology is not something new. I’ve owned iphones, blackberries, palm pilots, macbooks, and more. I feel like all of us has experience with using technology. I, on the other hand, prefer to use the technology that I have until it doesn’t work anymore. In short, I don’t like buying new things until I absolutely have to. Therefore, it took me a long time to buy this tablet. My husband and I just bought this tablet and we love it. We also bought a keyboard that goes with it. It has been our obsession for the last couple of weeks. I’m still learning how to use it. So far, I love it.

We own an amazon fire HD 10 tablet and we love it. We’ve researched many other tablets until we decided that this was the best one for its price. I wasn’t looking for anything that would be too expensive. I wanted something that I can take with me when i’m working. I work remotely a lot of the time and this would be a very good way to work wherever I want. The tablet is light and easy to carry. We bought it with a keyboard case and I like how the case protects the tablet itself. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet is the best choice for a tablet for someone that is looking for an affordable tablet. Despite the negative reviews on amazon, we think that this tablet is amazing for its price and quality.

I will keep everyone updated how we like the tablet. We haven’t had it for very long, so I don’t want to completely admit that its the best tablet we’ve owned so far. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet has been a game changer though. If you are looking for a working tablet as a teacher, I would highly recommend looking into purchasing the amazon fire HD 10 tablet.