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Today we’re going to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart – how to design your own piano path.
On Saturday, February 22nd at 3pm EST, I’m going to be hosting a LIVE WEBINAR, “Six Steps to Designing Your Own Piano Path” (sign up here – it’s free!). We’ll get into some of the main problems adult students face when trying to make sense of all the piano music and information that exists out there. These are problems I’ve seen time and time again, both in my private studio lessons and in my more recent piano coaching experiences working with 50+ adult students.
Many adult learners express uncertainty about if they’re practicing or learning the right things. They’re unsure how long the process of learning piano will take. They lack confidence in navigating all the repertoire, theory and technique that exists out there.
My goal is to help you take charge of your journey. I’ll help you with this in two ways:
- By teaching you six key points to designing your piano path, and cautioning you of common pitfalls, in the free webinar (sign up here!)
- By offering you a brand-new “Design Your Own Piano Path” course that I’ve been working on for over a year (and developing in my studio for years prior). This course content has been road-tested by my coaching students and I’ve finally structured it into a stand-alone course that you can go through at your own pace. More details forthcoming (webinar attendees will be the first to hear about it, and have access to a special bonus!)
The backstory to “Designing Your Own Piano Path”
In the first five years of my piano teaching journey, I would put students through method books and hope for the best – helping them on a week-by-week basis, but without a sense of timelines or their long-term path. My students did okay, but I felt uncertain that I was really offering them the best education I was capable of.
When I started teaching piano independently, I was inspired by the high-achieving kids and their motivated teachers in Toronto and wanted to make sure I was really helping students reach their potential. I then designed a curriculum for my own personal use – a roadmap that would take an average 7-year old approximately 10 years to reach a grade 8-9 level.
Over the years, I continued calibrating this roadmap, tweaking it for adult students. My students were progressing well, becoming confident and competent much more quickly than I’d seen in my previous years of teaching without structure.
In the years since I started PianoTV.net, I’ve received countless emails and comments from adult students who are flummoxed and overwhelmed by the path before them, a path they often have difficulty seeing. As a piano teacher, I’m familiar with plenty of repertoire and piano resources. With the curriculum I developed, I have a good sense of where a student is going and what they’ll be learning. But I started thinking, “Shouldn’t piano students have access to this information as well – not just me, the teacher?”
Wouldn’t it be great if a piano student didn’t have to rely on me to figure out what music to learn and what steps to take? Wouldn’t it be awesome if they could take charge of their own piano education?
I began developing the course content, which evolved into a 50,000-word e-book. I decided to road-test the content with a group of private coaching students, giving them weekly lessons, assignments and reading, and personal feedback on their practice.
But that also meant only a small handful of people were getting access to this information. I began to realize that this content should exist in a standalone course format, so that anyone can go through it at any time.
And that’s how the “Designing Your Own Piano Path” course was born. I’m very excited to tell you more about it soon!
Free “Six Steps to Designing Your Own Piano Path” Workbook
For those of you who sign up for the free webinar, I’ll give you a free workbook to go alongside it upon sign-up. The workbook will reveal the topics we’ll be discussing during the webinar, with questions for you to answer and space to take notes during the event. I created it to help you get the absolute most out of the webinar.
Come out and participate in this live event!
One thing I’ve learned from running previous courses (30 Days of Piano, 6-Week Mini-Course and Songwriting Workshop) is that live sessions are a ton of fun! There’s always a unique energy present that just doesn’t exist in pre-recorded videos, and it’s nice to chat with other participants. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask me questions during the event, so come out and say hi!
I strongly encourage you to attend live. People who actively participate are more engaged, take more notes, ask questions, and – most importantly – are more prepared to take action. The kind of person who shows up to a live event is the kind of person who’s motivated and enthusiastic about their piano journey, and that’s exactly the kind of person who’s going to do the work and realize their potential.
- Sign up for the free webinar “Six Steps to Designing Your Own Piano Path”.
- Download the free workbook (you’ll get an email with the download upon registering).
- Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 22, 3pm EST.
Though I’ve done plenty of live events (30 Days of Piano involved a live session every single day for thirty days!), I’ve never done a webinar before. I’m really looking forward to the experience and I’m excited for you to join me – it’ll be a lot of fun!