I would like to ask a question or two about teaching music, but I'm not sure if I should ask it because I feel like there are many methods of teaching that work there would be multiple correct answers and they would be largely opinionated. I keep going back and forth with myself if it fits with the other questions of the site and I would like to know how the rest of the community.
Here is what I've been thinking about the topic:
Reasons to post questions about teaching music
- Teaching is at the heart of musical practice and performance.(we all had to have been taught a little about it)
- There are a variety of musicians here with different backgrounds that could offer a unique perspective on learning music.
- There are music teachers on the site that have a lot of experience teaching and would have a lot of insight on the topic.
- It will highlight the basic ideas of practice and performance at a beginner's level.
Reasons to post not questions about teaching music
- Answered opinionated.
- Questions would be better suited for discussion
- Multiple correct/good answers possible.
Question I was thinking about posting
I've been teaching a 9 year old kid piano for about 10 months and it has been going pretty well, but recently I was asked to teach a few more kids (one as young as 6) to play piano. Teaching the 9 year old kid was the first experience I've had teaching music and I tended to cater to his abilities while still challenging him and teaching him music and piano fundamentals. Now, I worried that if cater to all of my new students I will essentially be teaching them different ideas and miss some fundamentals.
I would like to know if when teaching young kids piano and music fundamentals if there are certain areas to focus on and certain areas to avoid to maximize their interest in music and their playing ability.