TEACHER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Do you want to feel more confident that you can help your students reach their full potential?
Do you wish you could enjoy teaching more?
Do you wonder if there’s a missing element in your teaching that could help every student make steady progress?
How would you feel if you and your students consistently enjoyed an exciting learning process together?
Imagine them completely engaged at every lesson and inspired to practice, because they’re playing with more freedom and confidence.
Envision yourself bubbling over with excitement as you and your students continually make new discoveries that open up their playing.
All of this is possible.
You can continually help each student solve technical and musical problems.
You can empower them as performers and human beings.
Your teaching can become a tremendous source of joy and fulfillment.
Training as a teacher of the Art of Practicing and Performing has given dozens of dedicated teachers a proven set of skills – both in working with music and in relating to their students as individuals – that have completely changed their professional lives.
PIANO TEACHERS WORKSHOPS
If you’re a pianist, you can learn to teach all the specific details of piano technique along with the entire Art of Practicing and Performing approach.
Training includes individual piano study with me, followed by teachers workshops, in which you alternate playing the role of teacher and student in mock lessons. You’ll learn how to teach the key steps of the approach with clarity and confidence – including how to help each student adjust the height of the bench to suit their body, to move their hands and arms efficiently, to use listening techniques for greater expressiveness, and to organize notes rhythmically to create musical momentum and to further free up their body.
In a second level of study, teachers give actual lessons to each other to learn how to effectively apply the approach in working with advanced students.
Gaining clarity in these workshops on the details of teaching piano technique and musicianship greatly expands your ability to help your own students. And through these workshops, you also learn to teach in a student-centered way – asking the student how they feel about their playing, and what they think they need to do to improve – so that every lesson becomes a stimulating, creative dialogue in which your students strengthen their self-awareness and convictions, and in which you find out who they really are. It amazes me to continually learn new things from engaging in this mutual exchange with my students.
Online Piano Teachers 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 and Performing 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 and Performing 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