5 Secrets on How Top Piano Teachers Teach Piano Lessons

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Rose Park  12/05/21   • 3 min read


Top piano teachers teach piano exceptionally well. They are professionally trained through years of intense piano practice and lessons starting at young ages. Because they have a considerable amount of piano lesson experiences, professional and experienced piano teachers know how to communicate with students at all ages and levels.

Top piano teachers are also highly skilled at playing piano for live performances and studied piano music, music history, music theory and pedagogy. Learn more about how to find and choose top piano teachers here.

Top piano teachers know how to build a customized, individual curriculum based on the student’s musical strengths, weaknesses and piano goals. What other things can they do well that makes the piano lesson better and simply The Best?

How do Top Piano Teachers Teach? 5 Ways To Make The Best Piano Lessons

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Actively Listen To The Student’s Performance

Top piano instructors have good ears. Having good ears means that a teacher is able to multitask inside their heads while listening to the performance:

  • Appreciate music
  • Recognize and address challenges
  • Consider possible solutions to the problems
  • Remember specific parts in the music to discuss during the lesson

This listening process allows the piano teacher to plan or modify the lesson materials for the day. More professional the teacher is, the faster they can discuss and cover many things in the lesson.

Accept Different Learning Styles

Each student is unique, undoubtedly. Students have different learning speeds, mindsets and skill sets which any piano teacher should take into account when building customized curriculums. 

High-quality customized lesson curriculums include performance feedback, listening exercises, discussion on aesthetic and technical features, teacher demonstration, theory practice and more.

For instance, if your child needs a more slow-paced learning style, top piano teachers will consider covering less materials and add repetitive practices. If the student lacks musical or aesthetic side of the performance, top instructors inspire students and discuss ways to add personalities into music. 

Professionally trained top piano teachers know a wide range of repertoire which allows them to choose music that matches the student’s skills but is also challenging enough so they can work together in the lesson.

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Professional Communication Skills

Top piano teachers understand the difficulties a student goes through during the learning journey. They intuitively know the specific parts in the music or the performance that need improvement. The next following step is what makes professional piano instructors exceptional.

Once a teacher acknowledges the problem, they address it to the student and explain how it needs to be fixed. Great, experienced piano teachers are able to communicate with the student by giving clear, precise instruction and guide them step by step.

An example of a high quality piano lesson is when a student understands, accepts the parts that need to be fixed and knows how to improve them before the next lesson. Top piano teachers are skilled at delivering clear instructions and keeping track of the student’s learning progress.

Motivate Students

Motivation drives students to do better in learning and practicing piano. Complementing the performance is one way to motivate a student, and professional piano teachers should know when to praise the student’s progress.

Depending on the student’s personality and level, top piano teachers know how, and how much, to compliment the student’s performance.

Note that excessive praise will not encourage the student to practice and improve since young piano students or beginners tend not to know the importance of continuous training and performance development.

5 Ways Top Piano Teachers Make The Best Piano Lessons

Discuss Performance Opportunities

Top piano teachers have extensive piano performance backgrounds. This indicates that a teacher has participated in many recitals, competitions and collaborative performances. Highly professional piano teachers emphasize students the importance of self-achievement through participating in recitals and competitions.

Additionally, best piano teachers will actively discuss the repertoire and consult with the students when and how to prepare for the upcoming performances. Depending on the student’s progress, piano teachers should also address the student’s parents about the performance (recital, competition) details.

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