Finding a teacher / mentor
Obviously a great way to stay inspired and motivated about playing your piano is to take regular lessons with a teacher that is passionate about music. The passion is contagious!
We are still working on this page and I welcome your input especially if you have any suggestions to share. If you are one of those passionate piano teachers and would like a link from this page, please click here and send me a note. Again, I’ll review all submissions and add the material that I think will help us all get inspired to play more piano.
Here are some tips (based on personal experience!) for finding a teacher / mentor:
1. Spend some time thinking about what you want to play and how much you are willing to give it. Being able to articulate what you are looking for will help in finding a helpful coach.
2. Keep in mind that you are looking for guidance in developing a joyful activity. It is logical that you would look for the same in a teacher. Certainly, technical and pedagogical knowledge is important but you need to be inspired too.
3. Share. If you know of someone who has inspired you, pass it on.
4. Prepare for lessons. Keep a pad by your piano and when you think of something to ask or a difficult phrase make a note of it.
5. Establish a dialog with your coach – a perfect piano lesson is 50/50 playing and talking.