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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​

New Toronto Pilot: Elementary Piano Pedagogy Intensive
New Piano Pedagogy Intensive

This new offering provides an enriched learning experience towards completion of Elementary Piano Pedagogy certification which includes participation in our Summer Summit Conference, the premier professional development event for music teachers in Canada.

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Upcoming Sessions

Session Dates Enrollment Deadline
NEW: Summer Intensive July 15 – August 12, 2019 Learn More & Register
Fall 2019 September 25 – December 4, 2019 September 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST 
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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 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


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