YM PIANO STUDIO TEACHERS' TRAINING PROGRAM

YM Piano Studio has been dedicated to training and mentoring teachers for the past 15 years. We have made it our priority to train and build up aspiring piano teachers in a supportive and challenging environment.

Our training program consists of a mentoring component and a lecturing component

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Together these 2 programs complement each other to equip participants with the tools necessary to grow as teachers and educators.

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Lecturing 
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Mentoring Program

Lecturing Program

Purpose: To show trainee teachers how to apply foundational knowledge and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their practical skills with guidance 

Support and follow up by Director and Senior teachers

Feedback and appraisal forms regarding performance

One to one weekly session with Director

One supervised session and one feedback session each per week in T1. On call support for first year

Mentoring program is available to YM Piano Studio teachers only

Purpose: To give trainee teachers foundational knowledge on certain pedagogy topics and examples on how to apply it

Lecture notes, examples and group activities

Small group. 10-12 participants

4 lecture sessions each year on a 3 year rotation. 30 pedagogy lecture topics are covered by experts in our field. See contributing lecturer's page.

Face to face sessions with interactive group work

Available to YM Piano Teachers and guest teachers.

Students in Music Room

LECTURES

Lectures are held 4 times a year on a weekend in each School Holiday period. YM Piano Teachers and participants  can register for a whole day of lectures and group activities based on different pedagogy topics. Lectures run on a 3 year rotation and cover some of the below topics.

LECTURE TOPICS COVERED OVER 3 YEARS

 

YEAR 1 LECTURES 2021

 

  • Introductory Psychology: Assessing your target audience & Communication and Feedback

  • Comprehensive Music reading: Reading Development 

  • Method Book Analysis: Where and how to start

  • Rote learning

  • Kodaly explained and applied

  • Aural Pedagogy for the Private Piano Studio Part 1 &2

  • Biomechanics of Piano Playing Part 1 & 2

  • Taubman Approach Part 1 & 2

  • Preparation for concerts, recitals, eisteddfods, group lessons.

  • Running a recital/workshop

  • Practical performance preparation for young students’ & an introduction to performance psychology

  • Systematic memorisation of music

YEAR 2 LECTURES 2022

 

  • Developmental Psychology & Applications: Cognitive development, Information processing, Intelligence, Learning and motivation and Language Development

  • Learning Styles: Profiling your students as visual, aural, or tactile learners

  • Structuring a lesson plan & Assessing a lesson

  • Preparing students for Level 1 AMEB exams

  • Choosing repertoire from each grade

  • Analysis of level 1 repertoire

  • History and Application of Music Analysis

  • Chord Approach: playing and improvisation

  • Theory: Approach, books and preparation

YEAR 3 LECTURES 2023

  • Students with special needs: Altered neural pathways leading to altered development & sequencing. Application to Piano Teaching (Music Therapy)

  • Philosophies of the eminent music educators explained and compared

  • Developing your individual philosophy of teaching.

  • Piano Specific Topics Part 1: Music History (Music Periods) and application

  • Piano Specific Topics Part 2: Tone and Colour and Pedalling, Balance

  • Piano Specific Topics Part 3: Tension, breathing, fingering

  • Alexander Technique Explained & Applied

  • Introduction to Feldenkrais Method 

  • ATMusA Folio Preparation: guidelines

  • ATMusA Exam strategies and preparation

  • ATMusA Past Paper questions explored 

See Upcoming Lectures web page for information about next lecture session 

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