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Teaching Elementary Piano

Teaching Elementary Piano

Great teachers are always learning.

Discover how you can instill a lifelong love of music in your beginning students from the very first lesson through to the important early years of study. For less than $50/week, learn from the comfort of home or anywhere with internet access - any time of the day or night.

This online course follows a 10-week schedule, with an average of four to six hours of work required each week.

If you are a new teacher

This course will give you a strong pedagogical foundation and new insights towards teaching that will help you and your students achieve success.

If you are a seasoned professional

Whether that be in piano or other disciplines, you will have the opportunity to learn from other experts in your field, as well as share your own approaches and techniques with your classmates.


Take a peek inside the course:

  • Course Topics
    • The Piano Posture
    • Correct Wrist Height
    • Principles of Fingering
    • Engaging Students in Sight Reading
    • Preparing for Assessments
    • Introduction to Repertoire
    • Baroque Dances
    • Exploring Sound – Aural Connections

    ... and much more!
  • Watch Clips

    Sitting Position, Nail Joints, and Hand Movement with Marvin Blickenstaff

      The Steps of Sight Reading with Elaine Rusk


    The Minuet with Deborah How​


    Ice-Breakers and Keyboard Geography with Marvin Blickenstaff​


2019 – 2020 Sessions

Session Dates Enrollment Deadline
Winter 2020 February 5 – April 15, 2020 January 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
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Summer 2020 June 10 – August 19, 2020 May 28, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
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Course Prerequisites and Requirements Course Materials

Teaching Elementary Piano

Must be at least 16 yeas of age to apply.
Teaching Intermediate Piano

 At least one of the following:

  • Completion of the Teaching Elementary Piano Course and a mark of 70+
  • RCM Certified Teacher with Elementary Piano Specialist designation
  • Elementary Piano Pedagogy Certificate
  • Elementary Pedagogy Written Exam, mark of 70+
Must be at least 16 years of age to apply.
Teaching Advanced Piano

At least one of the following:

  • Completion of the Teaching Intermediate Piano Course and a mark of 70+
  • RCM Certified Teacher with Intermediate Piano Specialist designation
  • Intermediate Piano Pedagogy Certificate
  • Intermediate Pedagogy Written Exam, mark of 70+
Must be at least 18 years of age to apply. 
 

​If you believe you have experience or qualifications outside of the required prerequisites that have prepared you to successfully complete a course, please fill out this form. Please note that these courses are high level, and we strongly recommend having the required prerequisites prior to enrolling in the course.

Please note that online Piano Teacher Courses are taught in English, and we recommend having a sufficient level of English fluency in order to truly benefit from the course materials and to engage in group discussions.

Course Contains:

  • Valuable advice and approaches from master teachers and pedagogues 
  • Bite-sized video tutorials that fit into your busy teaching schedule
  • Insightful articles and assignments to challenge your thinking and take you deeper
  • Downloadable templates and resources to support your teaching
  • Proactive questions to stimulate discussion and reflection
  • Personalized feedback from experienced facilitators

What You Receive:

  • A set of innovative strategies and practical skills to teach beginning students
  • The chance to learn alongside a network of up to 25 like-minded teachers dedicated to lifelong learning
  • The opportunity to connect with your peers and share your teaching challenges and successes
  • A certificate to recognize your accomplishment and display in your studio
  • A summative portfolio, built from all your course assignments - a valuable tool to build your teaching practice

Want More?

  • Upon successful completion of your course, you will receive 6 months' access to comprehensive professional development resources on your RCM Teacher Portal

DISCOVER OUR WHOLE SUITE OF PIANO TEACHER COURSES

Like many other teachers, I had studied music but not pedagogy...I've realized that if I want to be great piano teacher, I need to be trained as both pianist and as a teacher
Gerreth B., Germany | Teaching Elementary Piano Course Graduate

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