Do you ever feel imposter syndrome? This is the feeling of being a “fake”. Feeling like others around you in your profession have more skills, more knowledge or even secrets that you don’t know about.
Many new piano teachers, or even ones with years of experience, can feel a bit insecure in their own teaching abilities. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have a piano pedagogy degree, or maybe they’re just comparing themselves to others and it seems like they come up short.
I hear some version of imposter syndrome from piano teachers all the time, and I know I’ve felt it myself.
More teachers than you realise feel exactly this way. Which is why today I’m going to share with you some ways you can overcome imposter syndrome as a piano teacher.
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How did you overcome this feeling? Why did you feel that way in the first place?
Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.