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Value of “easy” TFMM songs

I have an adult, private student who came to me already reading. She is near the end of Foundation Level 6, has completed Reading Rhythm and Reading Notes, and is working her way through Read n Play. I'm realizing I've procrastinated on introducing Time for More Music because it's so much easier than the reading projects that she continues to work on outside of lessons. I know she would beieft from focusing on playing-based strategies with…

Dealing with mother wanting teacher to be more strict

I need some help or suggestions form those of you who have experience in teaching autistic children. I started recently with my first autistic student (6-year-old boy), and I really love him. He can be quite fun and funny at times! He is verbal and from the start he was willing to come to the piano. There was some resistance in the last two classes, perhaps because of him struggling to understand and do the next…

Discussing child’s minimal effort with coach

I am trying to choose the right words to discuss a student's minimal effort with her parent. The student is 8 and has been taking lessons since she was 5. She progressed quickly, then hit a valley and has been putting in the bare minimal effort for the last 18 months or so. She reached level 3, completed Reading Rhythm, and started Reading Notes, then just seemed to forget everything. So we have been reviewing to…

Strategies to help an anxious student

One of my students is a six-year-old boy who has confidence problems to the point that when he thinks something looks too hard, he gets anxious and teary and refuses to try. Last week when I demonstrated Dreams Come True, it took a whole five minutes for mom and me to coax him into doing anything. He just buried his head and walled off. Does anyone have suggestions? Should I put off demonstrating and launch into…

Webinar Series: 06/15/2018 – Gateway – Music Stories from Karen’s Studio

In this webinar Karen shares videos of her teaching her own students with learning disabilities and discusses their stories and their successes with the Gateway program. Introduction (00:05) Student Video 1: Nikos (00:43) Student Video 2: Rick (09:35) Student Video 3: Eytan (22:28) Student Video 4: Jewels (29:37) Student Video 5: Shane (37:34) Teacher Question: Student with Cerebral Palsy (40:37) Click through the video to hear Karen discuss the previously stated topics.

Very fast learning adult student

I have a super fast learning adult student. In 4 lessons he's done Foundation up to and including Ode to Joy; composed a short song, improvised on black notes, learned the C blues scale, done an arrangement of Dreams, learned different rhythms for Jackson Blues, and we have started Accompaniment 1. What would others suggest as I think 30 minutes is too long a lesson for him (or me!). He's a shift worker and so has…

Helping students navigate valleys

What strategies have you used to help your students navigate a valley? First step - have a conversation about it. Ask questions. After finding out exactly what the cause of the valley is, I take the pressure off for a while - no new foundation material is added until they get through the valley; keep lessons as light and fun as possible; do more improv…

Teacher in a valley

I'm hoping to find some advice and encouragement. For several months, I have felt bogged down in studio management (mostly involving recruiting and keeping students since my finances are very restricted at the moment). In the process of trying to fill vacancies and keep my financial boat afloat, I am losing the joy of teaching and constantly feel drained. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to keep energized and excited about teaching while feeling totally…

Starting age for SM

I'm a new SM teacher and have started one class with two students which is going really well so far. I have run into some people with younger aged kids than what I originally thought was a good age to start teaching. I had always been open to ages 8+. Yet I get a lot of inquiries for kids ages 6-7. I was wondering what you thought on what age is a good starting recommendation for…

Parents requesting discounted lessons

I started to work with a student who has cerebral palsy. Tova is an amazing person and student but does have a lot of challenges, as well as in the class. Because of her many issues, the 30-minute lesson can easily extend longer than that but we are learning to finish in the half hour. When the family first started, I offered them a discount for one term, as for me music is important and I…

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