Hello everyone!

I am currently 17 years old and have only started teaching piano a few weeks ago. I currently have 2 students both of whom began playing the piano very recently. I must admit that I am struggling a lot with teaching. It is very difficult for me to decide what to teach my students and how to get them to understand the basics of playing, which is why I would like some advice.

One of my students is currently studying Satie's Gymnopedie no.1 and he is struggling a lot with his left hand. I advised him to study the left hand separately and very slowly, which we spent a good few minutes of the lesson doing. Furthermore I tried to correct his hand position as much as I could, as he would often play chords with flat fingers.

My other student is playing Debussy's Claire de lune. He had a lot of difficulties with his left hand arpeggios towards the middle section, and I tried my best to explain to him the proper technique and we spent most of the lesson on that section.

My questions are as follows:

1) How would you guys go about teaching these pieces?

2) What is the best way to correct a students hand positioning?

3) When should I begin teaching a student how to read sheet music? (please note: both of the students use YouTube MIDI videos to learn pieces)

4) How should I go about choosing pieces for my students?

Anything helpful would be much appreciated.

Thanks for reading!

I am currently 17 years old and have only started teaching piano a few weeks ago. I currently have 2 students both of whom began playing the piano very recently. I must admit that I am struggling a lot with teaching. It is very difficult for me to decide what to teach my students and how to get them to understand the basics of playing, which is why I would like some advice.

One of my students is currently studying Satie's Gymnopedie no.1 and he is struggling a lot with his left hand. I advised him to study the left hand separately and very slowly, which we spent a good few minutes of the lesson doing. Furthermore I tried to correct his hand position as much as I could, as he would often play chords with flat fingers.

My other student is playing Debussy's Claire de lune. He had a lot of difficulties with his left hand arpeggios towards the middle section, and I tried my best to explain to him the proper technique and we spent most of the lesson on that section.

My questions are as follows:

1) How would you guys go about teaching these pieces?

2) What is the best way to correct a students hand positioning?

3) When should I begin teaching a student how to read sheet music? (please note: both of the students use YouTube MIDI videos to learn pieces)

4) How should I go about choosing pieces for my students?

Anything helpful would be much appreciated.

Thanks for reading!