Best Practices for Professional Piano Teachers

The perfect thing to do doesn’t always occur to us. Hopefully this post will provide piano teachers with a few tips to make sure we’re always doing the right thing.

Here goes…

  • Don’t copy sheet music. It’s illegal. The only exception to this rule is if the sheet music is provided free of charge by a website the expressly allows reprinting. Even then, make sure they own the copyright.
  • Return parent phone call and emails promptly.
  • Return parent/student inquiries promptly, even if you don’t have room for them.
  • Establish and maintain fair lesson policies and rates.
  • Be supportive of other teachers even if your don’t agree with everything they teach. After all, you’re hoping for the same treatment.
  • Support younger teachers. You were young once.
  • When serving as an adjudicator focus on providing the student with positive and helpful comments, rather than critical comments about the teacher.
  • Allow students to complete lessons with a teacher before accepting them into your studio.
  • Thank fellow teachers for referrals. You would appreciate it if they did the same.

That’s all I’ve got. As always, your comments are encouraged.

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