Is anyone teaching the ABRSM (piano) teaching diploma and able to comment on my suitability for this at this stage please?
I passed grade 8 piano last summer (after a long gap, but got back into lessons after starting to teach my own children, eldest now doing grade 5). I have a few other musical qualifications, including grade 8 violin and grade 8 theory, from my youth! Lots of orchestral experience, so I feel a reasonable grounding in music, although very aware I'm not the usual instrumental teacher.
I love teaching, and have 11 regular pupils in addition to my own 2 children. (Apart from my two, all others are around grade 1 standard or less.) I would like to be able to teach up to grade 5, ideally.
My grade 8 theory is pre-1989 (so likely I'll need to re-sit to get it accepted as a pre-requisite...Any experience of that?)
What would you do next, if you were me? Improve playing first, or begin work on teaching diploma, given that I'm already teaching and feel I'd like to have that ASAP? My teacher didn't feel able to teach teaching diploma, so I'd need to find someone else.