I am a pianist and have finished the grades, currently working towards AB's performance diploma for Summer 07 and due to start studying Music A-Level at my local college in September, and I would like to teach piano part-time. I am 17 in December (I know, this is young to teach!) and am aware of the advantages and disadvantages this gives me, one being that I can't take AB's teaching diploma until I am 18 - quite some time away - and thus I will be less qualified and skilled than I/pupils/pupils' parents would like. Hopefully this shouldn't be too much of a problem, considering I will take this seriously and maturely? Not to blow my own trumpet in any way, but I am told I have 'an old head on young shoulders' - surely something important in the teaching field!
I taught 2 young boys about a year ago and they progressed remarkably (due to being studious Taiwanese/Korean lads and, hopefully, due in part to me...! ). They had to return to their home countries, but I have started teaching a (difficult, non-practising) pupil. I have prepared for the lessons and used the Pianotime books and Dozen-A-Day technical exercises amongst others but I'm still nervous about where to take any future pupils. I'm fairly confident on knowing how and what to correct as far as playing technique, practising technique, etc. but the idea of introducing someone, often young in age, to music is a scary thought. What should be the first things to talk to them about and how? If I do some 'trial lessons' with children or adults who have no previous knowledge of music, what should I do??? Surely some light theory before sitting at the piano?
Also, would you perhaps recommend sitting in on my teacher's lessons and try to learn as much as possible from his technique, provided he is happy about this?
Sorry if I am being a forum noob and asking common questions, but from a search through the forum I thought this seemed a rather more unusual topic! Hope you agree
Any help would be fantastic!