TEACHER TRAININGDo 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.


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.


teachers trainingWhatever 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

Here's more info:

These workshops will give you
  • A reliable method for practicing with more ease and focus
  • The ability to play with more emotional intensity yet less physical tension
  • Greater access to your deepest musical potential
  • Stronger stage presence
  • A potent three-step technique for unlocking your communicative power and transforming stage fright into confidence.
How many workshop groups are there? What happens in them?

The Basic Group meets twice a month for 90 minutes, and each session includes 10 minutes of either mindfulness meditation, or the Performing Beyond Fear exercise, or Focusing practice – a mindfulness practice in which you explore your inner bodily experience of emotional energies. Each of these instruction 10-minute periods includes brief instruction. Following the mindfulness practice are a group discussion and a 45-minute master class with me for one of the participants. In between sessions, group members can stay in touch through a secret Facebook group, where you can share experiences and ask questions. All sessions will be recorded, so if you miss a session you can view the recording.

The Premium Group, with a maximum of 3 participants, also meets twice a month for 90  minutes, if one person plays or sings in the session, or for two hours,  if two people play or sing in the session. All Premium members can also participate in the Basic Group. As with the Basic Group, mindfulness practice begins the session, followed by group discussion and a master class session with one of the participants. In these more intimate Premium Group sessions, participants each work with me at their instrument once a month, and the work and discussions can be more personal and in-depth. This group will also have its own secret Facebook group to stay connected between sessions, and all sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

What does the Basic Group cost? What will I get for that price?

The Basic Group costs $50 per month, and includes the following:

  • Brief practice of mindfulness meditation, the Performing Beyond Fear exercise, and Focusing practice (brief instruction included)
  • Discussion with a maximum of 12 participants, plus our faculty
  • The opportunity to sometimes work with me in one of the master class sessions.
  • Membership in the group’s secret Facebook group, where you can share experiences and ask questions of each other between sessions.
  • Access to recordings of each session
What does the Premium Group cost? What will I get for that price?

The Premium Group costs $145 per month, and includes the following:

  • Participation in the Basic Group
  • The three mindfulness practices we do in the Basic Group (meditation, Performing Beyond Fear, Focusing).
  • Discussion in a more intimate group with a maximum of 3 participants and myself, allowing more personal and in-depth conversation
  • The opportunity to work with me at your instrument once a month
  • Membership in this group’s secret Facebook group, where you can share experiences and ask each other questions between sessions
  • Access to recordings of each session
How do I know which group is for me?

The Basic Group is for you if

  • You’re curious to try a new approach to practicing and performing
  • You’ve heard about API and would like to experience it a little
  • You want the community support – both live and online – of other musicians who are willing to explore practice and performance on a new level
  • You’ve already participated in API programs or lessons and would like to continue the experience.
  • You like the idea of occasionally working on your playing or singing in a master class setting, or you want to learn through observing others in that setting

The Premium Group is for you if

  • You’re ready to work more often and in depth with the API approach
  • You like the idea of sharing personal challenges and breakthroughs with one or two other committed people with whom you can explore all the musical and emotional facets of your playing or singing
  • You want to explore specific, current issues in your playing or singing in each monthly working session with your instrument
  • You’re performing professionally or oriented toward that goal
  • You’re a teacher of professionally-oriented performers or amateur, and you want to deepen your own understanding for their benefit as well as your own
When do the groups meet?

The Basic Group meets two Thursdays each month at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. You can join the group at any time.

Dates for early 2020 are:

January 16 and 30
February 13 and 27
March 5 and 12
April 2 and 16

The Premium Group meeting times are TBA and based upon the availability of the participants.

Payment/Refund Policy
  • The credit or debit card you use to pay for your group will be automatically billed monthly, according to the first date you use it for your payment.
  • You can participate live in as many sessions as you are able to, and you may also watch the video recordings of any sessions you have paid for.
  • After the first three scheduled sessions, you are responsible for each month’s payment, and sessions cannot be refunded.
  • If you withdraw from your particular group (Basic or Premium) within its first three scheduled sessions, payments you have made for any sessions you have not participated in, or for which you have not already been sent the video, can be refunded.
  • The deadline for withdrawing from your particular group is midnight Eastern Time on the day after the last session you have paid for.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about the workshops – including what will happen in them and which group is for you. We want everyone to feel they belong – that you’re part of our community and that you have the best possible experience.

If you feel ready to join us, we’re excited to include you.

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