Good teachers are always on the lookout for new ideas and approaches. We wanted to share some of our favourite sources of advice, lesson materials and inspiration for piano teachers. Whether you’re a new teacher yourself, or just looking for something different to try with your students, we think these bloggers have some great ideas:
If you teach children’s piano lessons, you should probably have Susan Paradis’ blog bookmarked. This prolific creator of fun, engaging teaching materials has generously made most of her work available for free. Her website includes both printable PDFs and iPad activities, and her blog is full of thoughtful tips and step-by-step instructions. Lots of great ideas here for engaging kids in music learning.
Natalie Weber’s blog includes games, teaching tips, and also regular product reviews and giveaways. She is herself a voracious consumer of music education resources, and passes along the best suggestions, insights, and infographics (she likes infographics!) We particularly recommend following her blog if you’d like help sifting through the latest books and apps for music learning.
This is another great blog for free resources and product reviews. Like Susan Paradis, Joy Morin makes her own teaching materials, and offers most of them as free printable downloads. Some of her more well-developed and polished lesson materials are also available for purchase, and worth checking out if you’re short on time but keen on expanding your curriculum.
If you enjoy exploring teaching issues in greater depth, Sally Cathcart’s blog is worth checking out. Her articles draw on music education research, conversations with other teachers, and her own experience to deliver thoughtful and practical insights. Not yet as rich in games and resources as the other sites here – Sally’s blog only been around a couple of years – but we like how she thinks! Recently, Sally has launched a new project in The Curious Piano Teachers, this will be a community dedicated to the development of piano teachers.
Share your own recommendations for great piano blogs in the comments below!