Properly planning a piano teaching curriculum is not as simple as just following an exam syllabus or a method book series. It requires careful thought and consideration to put together the curriculum for your studio and your students.
Many teachers tell me that they don’t have time to fit everything into the lesson time. Others ask me how they can plan for exams alongside creative activities. Making a plan can help with both of these issues.
You’re the route planner for your students musical journey. Where are you going to lead them?
Don’t let yourself be pulled in different directions of things you should be doing. Listen to episode 78 and start proactively planning your curriculum.
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Did you design your own curriculum? Or do you follow a particular method book?
How much lesson planning do you do and how much do you teach on-the-fly?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at timtopham.com and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.