Unlike most piano apps and programs, we cater to teachers, rather than individual users. While it is possible for our users to learn to play entirely on their own, with only the use of Piano Marvel, we believe that no matter how advanced technology becomes, there will always be a very important place for teachers. Technology cannot motivate and inspire the way a teacher can. Technology cannot teach dynamics, musicality, and other important aspects of music the way a teacher can. There are some things that only a human being can teach effectively. With that in mind, Piano Marvel was actually designed by piano teachers, for piano teachers. It was built to be a tool to help teachers become as efficient and effective as possible through the aid of technology.
Our certification course is designed to help teachers become completely capable and comfortable with every aspect of the program. Without taking the course, teachers often never reach Piano Marvel's full potential. We also use the course to make sure that we have exceptional teachers to send our users to when they are looking for a teacher.
The course covers everything from the most basic to the most advanced parts of teaching with Piano Marvel, as well as other programs and apps that we've found to be useful alongside Piano Marvel. The highlights are as follows.
- Creating student accounts and linking them to you as their teacher
- Setting up your keyboard
- Little-known features of Piano Marvel
- Premade lesson sharing with students
- Advanced online lesson skills and setup
- Ins and outs of Zoom, Skype, and Marco Polo
- Best practice in lesson follow-up methods
- MuseScore music notation
- Creating bundles, books, boot camps, and reports in Piano Marvel
- Using reports to track your students' progress
- Scale Ninja to improve students' scales and speed
- Practice streaks, day streaks, + other motivational magic
- Blues Improvisation to teach improv quickly
- Challenges for sight-reading and practice motivation
- Group lessons, including online group lessons
- Encouraging composition and creativity
- Video projects and why they're the future of our field
- Network with other Piano Marvel teachers
The course is self-paced but guided by an instructor. Each member learns and completes assignments at their own pace and the instructor offers additional personal instruction when necessary. The unique layout allows teachers to complete the course in their own time. Generally, the course takes between 2 and 8 weeks. If a teacher devotes a few hours a week to the course, it will likely take about a month to complete. Keep in mind, however, that a higher level of expertise with technology and with Piano Marvel, specifically, can decrease the time it will take to complete the course.
Upon completion of the course, you will be entered into our Find a Teacher webpage, where students go to search for teachers in their area (or online teachers) who teach with Piano Marvel. You will also receive an official certificate and Piano Marvel pen and gain access to exclusive Piano Marvel certified teacher events.
The cost of the course is $150 and includes the resources for the course and unlimited help and instruction from the course instructor. During COVID-19, the course is half-priced at $75 in order to help more teachers thrive in these uncertain times.
The only prerequisites for the course are to 1) have piano teaching experience of at least one year or a music education degree (or another applicable degree) and 2) have a desire to make Piano Marvel an integral part of your instruction. If you do not meet these requirements, but you would like to become certified, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request special permission and make your case.
As of now, there is no recertification requirement. You only need to be certified one time, but we do expect that you will continue to educate yourself by attending other Piano Marvel workshops, watching the YouTube videos that we continuously put out for teachers, and keeping up with Piano Marvel news and new features by connecting on social media and/or subscribing to our emails. We enjoy a culture of community, cooperation, and continued education and we greatly value the relationships we build with our teachers. Register for the Certification Course here.