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Student quit after one month – parent not on board

I am disappointed to have a student stop lessons after one month. She is 9 years old and came in with several years of traditional lesson experience. My sense was that her mother was positive about SM and letting her start at Level 1, but her father expressed concerns (via his wife) about having to buy the materials. That was my first red flag, and I said "let's use my books for the first few lessons…

New student with extensive prior experience

I'm about to start a student with 8 years of traditional experience. Besides my own very similar experience (8 years of traditional lessons + 6 years teaching myself + SM) and the audio tracks on this subject in the Library, does anyone have any tips or things I should be aware of from a teaching perspective going in? There is a lot to say! First, be sure not to get out…

Adapting curriculum to student with traditional experience

I have a potential student that has had around two years of traditional lessons, some of which has been spread out over several years, so may not be the strongest of two years. She just finished her freshman year of high school. Mom tells me she plays by ear very well. The may not be all that strong with reading music. Mom believes the student memorizes more than actually reads. She has told me that I…

Taking on a more advanced student

I just had an adult come to a FIS, who already plays very well by notes and also by ear. What he plays by ear is absolutely lovely and full of expression, and he has a lot of background from playing fiddle and he knows a lot of chords. Yet he said he is interested in lessons because he feels he needs structured lessons, possibly for filling in some gaps. He likes the playing-based approach used…

Workshop for students with prior experience

I have just completed my initial training and am very excited about teaching students using this fantastic method! I have had an introductory session and the foundation session talk with two girls (12 and 10) and their mother which went really well. The girls have had previous experience and they are worried that going "back to the beginning" with me would be a "real step backwards". I talked about the alphabet analogy and explained that…

Transitioning traditional students to SM

Brand new SM teacher here. I just completed my ITTM and I'm starting to work on strategy for implementing SM with my current roster of students. I have a lot of questions concerning this process (for teachers that come from traditional) so I wondered first of all if there is a particular tag or section of Simpedia that I should be researching for further information on transitioning students to this new method. Also, for those of…

Reading Rhythm for students with prior experience

I have a brother/sister shared lesson who can read music (although not confidently) and I've just assigned their first MOR. Next would be to ask them to take the rhythms to the keys over 5SS. Being that they can read music, would you still do this and expect them to ignore the note pitches and focus on the rhythms only while playing 5SS? Also, do you continue to assign "5SS on the keys" rhythm exercises with…

Adult student needs help with worship band

I have a prospective student who has been playing piano at church since she was 12, and she's in her fifties now. She said several times that she was "groomed" for playing hymns at church, and she reads music, but she doesn't play with freedom (my sense of what she said). Now they have a praise band style at church, with lead sheets. She wants to know if I can teach her. She mentioned Harry Connick,…

Using SM sheet music to supplement playing-based learning

I have a piano student who has already been introduced to sight reading from a former teacher. Is there any reason they can't learn the song via pattern playing first, then switch over to the sheet music instead of waiting until level 4 or 5? Also I have an 8-year-old voice student who is learning solfege (sight reading/ear training for voice). On SM Foundation 1, she was having a hard time with Fur Elise, so I…

How to start with student who plays well by ear

I’m a brand new Simply Music teacher and already have a dilemma (although a fun one). A middle-aged woman who plays by ear and has a huge repertoire under her belt is looking for lessons that will help to expand her playing abilities and style. She would also like to learn to read music but it isn’t her top priority. Any advice on how I can help this lady and where/how I would plug her…

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