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TTTV015: What Motivates You?

By Tim Topham | Piano Teaching

Oct 15

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I’ve always been interested in the concept of motivation. What actually motivates us to do what we do and in particular, what motivations are there to continually improve our teaching?

Do you participate in professional development? Do you spend some of your precious free time reading blogs, participating in facebook groups or listening to podcasts like this one? What motivates you to continue your own education?

Personally, I think that trying out new ideas and continuing to learn as we teach is what makes our profession exciting. When we are trying out fresh approaches to teaching (even if they don’t always work out!), it makes us better teachers.

Apart from lessons being more interesting for students because of the greater variety in their lessons; lessons become more stimulating for students because we’re excited. When you’re enthusiastic as a teacher, your students are much more likely to feel that enthusiasm too.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why I think teachers should always be learning
  • How to implement new ideas in a way that isn’t overwhelming
  • Some different opportunities for professional development
  • How to not become complacent in your piano teaching

Items mentioned in this podcast:

Action Steps:

  • Think about why you listen to this podcast and what you want to get out of it
  • Take one idea from any recent podcast and try it out with one student this week

Thank You for Tuning In!

There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.

Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.

Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.

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So, what motivates you?

What drives you to move forward? Is it trying to stay ahead of the competition? Or a love of learning? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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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.

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