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Regaining Momentum After A Break

I have a bit of scheduling dilemma and would welcome some input. I have some students who are anxious to start lessons, but because of vacations they'll be away in August and I'll be away in September. If they were to start now they would have 3 lessons in July (the first of which is a Foundation Session) and then have a 2 month break. Do you think that's wise? I'm torn as to waiting until…

Impacting Attrition Rates & Longevity

I am wondering if anyone has any data on attrition rates for SM: meaning - what percentage of students discontinue lessons and when that is most likely to occur? I am working on my schedule for this Spring and trying to think about how best to plan for classes that I can add. My best guess is that the groups I establish now will remain in place for at least a year... Does anyone have any…

The Relationship Conversation for Adults

The relationship conversation as currently outlined is very clearly directed to a parent/child situation. I'm curious what anyone out there does to modify it when presenting the Foundation Session to a group of only adults, especially a group of older/senior adults. Simply leaving out references to parent-as-coach-of-child seems to me to leave this conversation, as currently outlined, to be potentially condescending or otherwise off-putting to adults, who may often feel that they don't need to…

Managing Students Who Don’t Follow Instructions

I have an adult student who has been SO keen and enthusiastic and constantly comes back saying that he has gone further into the video, and taught himself, pieces we have not covered yet. I have explained a few times that this is not acceptable. He may miss out on a fundamental understanding of the process into that song. That he may miss out on the conversation about the piece. That, being in a group,…

Students Processing and/or Resisting our Approach to Reading

I have an adult male student, 35, in the middle of Level 3 (Shared Lesson with one other adult), more than half way through Accompaniment 1, and with many Variations and Arrangements on his Playlist, who has a very hard time keeping his Playlist alive. He works full time and commutes. He is looking for an "easy" way to remember his songs. He wrote the following to me and is now seriously questioning the whole SM…

‘Correct’ Fingering – Neil Moore

I have a student who has played in the past, and has a habit of twisting her hands laterally (outwards) when playing chords. She wants to use her own fingering, and complains about having to use the fingering as instructed, and even included on her first evaluation form “I find the rigidity of the finger placements frustrating in certain pieces (e.g. Fur Elise). I would like some flexibility to accommodate personal comfort”. …

Judgmental Student

I need some strength... I just came out of a very intense FIS with 3 traditionally trained adults, a couple and another lady not related. They were focused on my "credentials" etc. and quite combative within explaining about the method. With some rudeness and defensiveness, the two women said this is not for me. I politely and firmly explained that's okay. I likened it to a gym experience, some like working out on the tread mill…

My 75 year old and her Critical Nature

I have a 75 year old private student. She is not patient about the pace of the lessons, how much she learns, etc. All that seems normal for an adult. She complains a lot. So I asked her what her expectations were and they were "I don't know how many more years I have to live and what in the world am I doing this for and why would I even think I could and I…

High Maintenance Adult Student

I need help with an adult student who has been my private student for several months. She started as part of a group but her piano partner quit lessons after a short time. I allowed her to continue at the group rate with the understanding that I could add a partner at any time. As I do not permit students to take notes, she constantly expresses concern that she is not allowed to write down arrangements,…

Students’ Concerns About Appropriateness of the Program

Hi all, One of my students has mentioned that she, and her class mate, have talked together about how their classes have been going. She mentioned that not to take over class time she will send me an email and if I can respond. Before I respond to them, I would like very much to share it with you to get a better insight as to what would be the best thing to say in response…

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