TC182: Helping ALL Piano Students Achieve Greatness with Nicola Cantan

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By improving inclusivity, we are helping our piano students achieve greatness. In this episode, learn how to differentiate your teaching so that each and every one of your students can find success. 

Nicola Cantan is a piano teacher, author, blogger and creator of imaginative and engaging teaching resources. She loves getting piano students learning through laughter and exploring the diverse world of music-making through improvisation, composition and games.

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For those who were not able to join us at the Piano Pivot Live event held last January 2020, this a preview of Nicola’s talk on inclusive teaching where she shares how teachers can help all types of students succeed in and make sure that they are excited and engaged about their piano lessons.

Transcript of the Show

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In this episode, you’ll learn about helping piano students:

  • [02:58] Two universal truths for piano teachers.
  • [04:20] Example of 4 kinds of students.
  • [09:52] Why students quit.
  • [10:34] The marketing funnel.
  • [12:45] The student funnel.
  • [14:55] The students who make it past the student funnel.
  • [17:57] Three funnel wideners to create diversity in the piano teaching community.
  • [22:25] The importance of clear, simple, regular and supportive communication between teachers and parents.
  • [25:20] Making learning music fun through games.

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How are you helping your piano students succeed in continuing their lessons and progress?

Listen to the entire lecture of Nicola Cantan, and the other relatable and inspiring presenters from Piano Pivot Live with a virtual ticket to see it all online, complete with professional video and slides.


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