I am proud to declare that I am to begin teaching piano to my first ever pupil! The girl has been playing violin for a year and now she wants to start piano as well.
Just thinking about it makes me eager to share what I’ve learned in my years in music schooling. I was incredibly happy when I started piano (aged 5) and violin a year later. I wasn’t worried. I wasn’t exposed to discouraging material (i.e. YouTube). I remember gold star stickers and drawings and yoga breathing – my first teacher was amazing. I hope I will make a good impression on my pupil’s life as well. Nothing is worse than an unpleasant introduction.
I’m determined to be imaginative, wonderful and encouraging. I’m going to draw in her notebook; colouring pens all over; employ singing into her piano playing; speak in silly voices. Theatre, drama, entertainment, that’s what you need.
Oh goodness, I feel old. Maybe it’s right that my 17th birthday is in 12 days.
Expect some words on my first teaching experiences. I’m sure I’ll have many interesting things to say.