Music Teacher Professional Development

Expand your music teaching expertise with these professional development options developed to meet your needs. Your investment and commitment may impact your teaching and your students for a lifetime.

1. Professional Development Seminars

Part One begins January 17, 2022

  • Ground-breaking strategies based on research from education, psychology, communication, motivation, and more
  • For all genres of music teachers: online, in-person, vocal, instrumental, exam-based, Suzuki, traditional, ear-based
  • One-hour sessions scheduled monthly from January to April 2022
  • Many topics typically not addressed in traditional music teaching courses

I created Part One as the anchor to comprehensive resources for music studio teachers.

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2. Topic of the Month Webinar

  • Free monthly webinar
  • Presentations by Merlin B. Thompson
  • Q & A
  • Inaugural session Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time

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3. Teacher Mentoring

  • Get feedback on your own teaching
  • Tailored to your own teaching circumstances
  • One-hour consultations with Merlin B. Thompson

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4. Fundamental Piano Technique

If you’re looking for a fresh approach to Piano Technique without the traditional language of formal hand positions, relaxation and tension – Fundamental Piano Technique has lots to offer.

For more information on coaching and application, contact Merlin B. Thompson.

Why Music Teacher Professional Development?

Whether you’re an experienced or new music teacher, you’ve probably noticed things aren’t the same as they were ten years ago. A major educational paradigm shift is taking place. Now, music teachers are more than founts of knowledge who generously pass on their musical expertise to students. Today’s music teachers approach their teaching from a wholistic perspective. They use current research-based information on how people learn. They recognize the benefits of prioritizing students’ learning needs over curriculum requirements. They’re not afraid of taking risks or getting out of the box to meet their students’ individual, cultural, and social ambitions. We’ve entered a dynamic and exciting era of music instruction!

For more on Music Teacher Professional Development, be sure to check out my podcasts, blogs, and video material.