CPTP076: Preparing Students for their Future with Susan de Weger

By Tim Topham | Classically Trained to Creatively Curious

Feb 24

It goes without saying that the world is completely different than it was in Beethoven’s time. And even Beethoven had what we would now call a portfolio career, teaching, playing and composing. So why is a performance focussed music education still the norm?

Why aren’t music teachers properly preparing students for their future?

Susan de Weger

Decide on your teaching objectives before you (perhaps unconsciously) emphasise performance perfection. Changing your teaching mindset means your students can access all these other avenues that music can open up.

Learning music can teach us many skills beyond the stage. Susan de Weger is here to tell us the how, why and what of preparing students for their future, not the distant past.

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Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why preparing students for their future doesn’t mean only performance skills
  • How music can teach students to try…and then fail
  • How ensemble playing can teach valuable life skills
  • Why you should think creatively about your business
  • How to readjust your expectations and meet students where they’re at
  • What to tell your piano parents to help them with practice
  • How a career in music really looks today

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How are you preparing students for their future?

Do you give much thought to the role music will play in your students’ lives? What is your core objective as a piano teacher? What do you want for your students?

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About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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