TEACHER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Do you want your teaching to be more rewarding?
Would you like your students to experience accelerated progress and become far more motivated?
Are you curious about how to energize the learning and teaching process?
If so, you’re in the right place.
Imagine your students being completely engaged at every lesson.
Picture them inspired to practice because they’re playing with more freedom and confidence.
Envision yourself brimming with excitement as you and your students continually make new discoveries that open up their playing.
All of this is possible.
YES, you can help each student learn how to solve technical and musical problems.
YES, you can empower them as performers and human beings.
And YES, your teaching can become a tremendous source of joy and fulfillment in your life.
Training as educators in the Art of Practicing approach has given dozens of dedicated teachers a proven set of skills to expand their impact.
PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOPS
You can learn to teach all the specific details of piano technique along with the entire Art of Practicing approach through a series of Piano Teacher Workshops.
Each workshop is two and a half hours long and includes . . .
- Mock lessons, in which each teacher alternates playing the role of teacher and student
- Actual lessons with other teachers in your group
- Valuable feedback on your teaching
- Detailed discussion of your strengths and weaknesses as an educator so you gain a real sense of your strengths and area needing improvement
- A sheet of written comments from Madeline for you with specific suggestions to put into action as you continue to refine your skills
In these workshops you’ll learn how to teach these key elements of the Art of Practicing with clarity and confidence:
- Adjusting the height of the bench to suit the student’s body
- Moving the hands and arms efficiently and comfortably, for power, fluidity, and sensitivity
- Using listening techniques to expand expressiveness
- Organizing notes in rhythmic groups that create musical momentum and vitality, further freeing up the body
You’ll come away from each workshop with
- Greater understanding of how to teach the details of piano technique and musicianship to unleash your students’ potential
- Student-centered teaching skills to help each lesson become a vibrant, creative experience for your student, strengthening self-awareness and convictions
- Connection to a supportive community of other like-minded piano teachers
- The clarity and confidence to teach more advanced students and to raise your fees.
PIANO TEACHER CERTIFICATION
Becoming a certified Teacher in the Art of Practicing methodology is an in-depth process. Pianists must . . .
First study with Madeline Bruser for 3-5 months and then participate in six to eight teachers’ workshops, over a period of one to three years, while continuing to study with Madeline regularly.
Through this process practitioners become fully adept at The Art of Practicing methodology, and are regularly invited to teach as faculty at the Art of Practicing Institute sessions.
Online Piano Teacher Workshops
Many of my students live too far away to attend teachers workshops in person.
Online training is extremely effective, and as much fun as meeting in person. It also provides a wonderful community experience for teachers who may feel isolated in their home city.
It’s so rewarding for me to watch these gifted and dedicated teachers grow and become more skilled, confident, and fulfilled in helping their own students grow too.
WORKSHOPS FOR API TEACHERS IN TRAINING
Whatever instrument you play, you can learn to teach the Art of Practicing to musicians who play a different instrument by attending the Art of Practicing Institute’s summer program and live online workshops.
It’s exciting to see a pianist help a cellist play more easily by applying their knowledge of how arm weight works at the piano to playing the cello. Or to see a violist help a clarinetist become more expressive through teaching them specific listening techniques. These teachers often leave the program excited about their new ability to help many musicians release tension and perform at a higher level.
While we, of course, make every effort to refer a musician to a qualified teacher of their own instrument for expert help with technique, we also recognize that certain mechanical and musical principles are universal, and we enjoy making connections between the different instruments. In the process, we increase our understanding of our own instrument.
It’s enlightening to realize that free arm movement for pianists serves a similar purpose to free breathing for singers and wind players, and to a free bow arm for string players. Every instrument can be played more fluidly when the body is used according to its natural design and without excess tension.
Ultimately, we’re creating a common understanding of how to make music expressively, so that eventually, each person can teach their own instrument with greater insight.
Those who have done basic teacher training can become Associate Teachers of the Institute, qualified to teach their own instrument with new wisdom. And teachers who are motivated to develop a high level of expertise can study further to attain certification in the Art of Practicing and Performing.
Together we’re building a strong community of teachers and performers, sharing a dynamic learning experience with each other, and growing enormously in the process. Each teacher I’ve trained is an inspiration to me. And knowing that they’re helping hundreds of musicians in several countries is deeply gratifying.
API Certified Teacher Stephen Burns teaching in Florence, Italy
“Paolo was trying so hard to play perfectly that he had lost all joy in practicing and performing and had started thinking he must not be talented enough. But during my seminar in the Art of Practicing he began to enjoy simply producing a beautiful sound, and he gradually gained confidence. Shortly after working with me, he landed an orchestral job he’d always wanted. It’s so gratifying to give my students new skills and new belief in themselves.”
–Stephen Burns, trumpeter and conductor
API Certified Teacher
API Certified Teacher Tal Varon teaching in Israel
“Ronit had been focusing so much on trying to measure up to what her teacher and peers expected, and she’d started thinking maybe she didn’t belong in music in the first place. But in each week of my course in the Art of Practicing and Performing she learned new ways to practice that brought her joy in feeling her body move freely and hearing beautiful sounds. By the end of the semester, she knew that yes, she did belong in music. And that music lived in her. She asked the dean to offer the course again the following semester, and she felt excited about her musical future. It’s incredibly rewarding to give these kids the kind of training they need. There’s nothing like seeing them light up when they find out who they really are as musicians.”
–Tal Varon, saxophonist
API Certified Teacher
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