How a new teacher embraced preschool piano lessons and filled her studio in just a few days.
Once upon a time, piano teachers believed that preschoolers were too young to begin piano lessons. They believed, quite correctly, that preschoolers could not sit at a piano bench for thirty minutes.
And so many preschoolers were denied an early introduction to the piano and their parents were told to wait until their child was seven. There was simply no place for preschoolers in traditional piano lessons.
To Trevor and I, this is a musical travesty. Preschoolers should not be denied a musical education because piano lessons won’t bend… piano lessons should bend to the needs of the preschooler.
The natural enjoyment of music and of the piano is at its height in the preschool years, and if teachers want children to become lifelong pianists, piano lessons should take advantage of this wonderful age when music is magical.
And nobody agrees with us more than today’s featured WunderKeys teacher, Rebecca.
“I had never thought of teaching preschool aged children before–like most piano teachers out there I assumed that was too young! WunderKeys changed the way I thought. It made me realize the value of starting children in piano when they’re that young so they can associate positive and happy feelings with the piano without any pre-conceived notions about it being difficult!”
This willingness to launch her teaching career around preschool piano lessons resulted in a full teaching schedule in just a couple of days (with a waiting list!)
You read that correctly. By posting to Facebook groups and communities she built her studio in just a couple of days!
“While only a couple days ago I hadn’t known where to start, now my studio had become a reality overnight.”
But Rebecca’s “overnight success” is not simply a stroke of luck. Her approach to the musical education of children, something she has carefully considered, is a magnet to parents.
“My philosophy is that learning to play the piano is so much more than learning an instrument: children learn how to discover themselves. I believe children have an unimaginable amount of potential inside them, and piano lessons are the perfect atmosphere to unlock what’s inside.”
With such a wonderful philosophy, all Rebecca needed to do was find a piano program that aligned with her beliefs; and she found that in WunderKeys.
“I stumbled across WunderKeys. Honestly, it was like falling in love. The more I learned about the program, the more I felt I had found what I’d always been looking for.”
“I was provided with ENDLESS free materials to explore, to use for marketing, and to get ideas for teaching. There were inspiring stories, a community of teachers, and a crazy amount of resources. And, just as importantly, here was a method that solved the problem I had when I was a child–WunderKeys taught theory and technique WITHIN the lessons through games and activities! Children could learn the “hard stuff” without even realizing it. I’ve always believed that children learn best when they’re having fun, and WunderKeys embraced that philosophy completely. I was sold. This was a curriculum I could believe in.”
Many new piano teachers would be intimidated with a full schedule of new students, but not Rebecca.
“I’m so happy I decided to open my studio with the WunderKeys curriculum. Before I found it, I didn’t know where to start and I was nervous about becoming a teacher. With WunderKeys, I don’t stress or worry any more! Even as a brand new teacher, I have so much fun with the kids and never worry if I’m “doing it right”. WunderKeys has made this transition for me a breeze!”
It was always our dream to connect the WunderKeys program with teachers like Rebecca. Her willingness to try a new approach to early piano lessons has had a lasting impact on her students lives… and on her own life.
“Wunderkeys has absolutely changed my life. This program is something that I believe in with my whole heart–it’s the perfect curriculum to introduce young children to the piano. It’s allowed me to quit my job and fulfill my dream of working from home, doing something that I love.”
If you’re new to WunderKeys, Rebecca’s final piece of advice should be all you need to get started…
“Don’t hesitate another day! I promise you won’t regret it. If you’re looking for a method book that children will love, this is the right one for you. Children who use WunderKeys love the piano and love their lessons–and children who love their lessons keep coming back! Choosing to use WunderKeys will be the BEST decision you ever make for your studio.”
A side note from Andrea:
I encourage anyone reading this post to check out Rebecca’s website. It’s really no wonder she is having such incredible success. Her philosophy and passion for working with children, her personal photos displaying her kind nature, and her photos of smiling students, would have me, as a parent, begging her to teach my children!