CPTP111: The Life of a New Piano Teacher with Joe Harkins

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Nov 03

Joe Harkins is a new piano teacher who came to piano teaching (like many of us do) from a mixed background of playing and performing. He got inspired to return to further pedagogy studies when he saw the gaps in his own knowledge, and joined the La Mont Piano Prepatory Program.

Joseph Harkins

For a brand new piano teacher, Joe is wise beyond his years. He shares some amazing nuggets and insights that he’s learned, including how to remember to look at the “big picture” when you’re teaching.

Joe’s desire to learn and improve his teaching is truly inspirational. I know you’re going to get a lot out of today’s episode – whether you’re a brand new teacher yourself or not.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Joe got his start with playing jazz and other styles
  • What inspired Joe to start teaching piano
  • How he came to find the value of further pedagogy studies
  • The biggest worries for a brand new piano teacher
  • Why classical music gradually became more important for Joe
  • The benefits and drawbacks of working in a music school
  • What Joe was doing wrong in his own practicing
  • The most valuable lessons from his graduate studies
  • How to begin to incorporate technology in your teaching

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What was it like for you when you first started teaching?

Did any part of Joe’s story resonate with you? Was there something in his journey that made you think differently?

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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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