CPTP115: Are you an Imposter Piano Teacher?

By Tim Topham | New Teachers

Dec 02

Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about.

Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of experience, can feel a bit insecure in their own teaching abilities. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have a piano pedagogy degree, or maybe they’re just comparing themselves to others and it seems like they come up short.

I hear some version of imposter syndrome from piano teachers all the time, and I know I’ve felt it myself.

More teachers than you realise feel exactly this way. Which is why today I’m going to share with you some ways you can overcome imposter syndrome as a piano teacher.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • What imposter syndrome is and why it matters
  • Why I’ve felt this way myself too
  • Why you need to stop comparing yourself to other teachers
  • Tips for fighting imposter syndrome
  • How you can feel more confident in your teaching
  • How my own community can help with this
  • The importance of having a mentor as a new piano teacher

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Have you experienced imposter syndrome?

How did you overcome this feeling? Why did you feel that way in the first place?

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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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