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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…

Time for More Music: memorized or not?

Are the songs in Time for More Music meant to be added to their repertoire of memorized songs and the long term playlist? Or just used for learning to decipher the written music, and once they can play it well, they move on? I believe that once they have processed it and can play it, they move on. I tell my students that it doesn't need to stay on the playlist…

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…

When to introduce Special Programs

I'm still young in the SM teacher world and I have students in levels 1, 2, and 3 right now. My question is, when do I start students on Accompaniment, and then when do I start them on Reading Rhythm? Should I start Accompaniment in level 2 and RR in level 3? For older students I start Accompaniment right away with level 1, and if they are younger, with level 2.…

Twins progressing at different rates

I have a class with twin sisters in it. They have been with me for two years now. They are just 7 and are about halfway through Level 2. The growing challenge is that they are moving at increasingly different paces. Something has clicked for one and she's picking things up easily, while the other really struggles to retain something from one day to the next. Dad suggests this isn't an issue in other areas, that…

Fast learner in group

I have a class of 6-1/2 to 7 year olds. One little girl is just on fire. She practices EVERY day. She does the keypad, the recording, everything and more. Consequently she is learning much more quickly and is much more fluent than the other kids in the class. I don't have another class to put her in. Should I use the arrangements and variations to broaden her experience? The other kids have their hands full at…

Struggles with Alma Mater Blues

I need suggestions about an 11-year-old girl in a shared lesson with another 11-year-old. They both benefit from the shared setting (both were private until 2 months ago). She practices more since being in the shared situation, and the other student (a boy) is learning to slow down his playing more. The girl is having a much harder time with Alma Mater Blues than the boy is because she is not wanting or willing to slow…

Motivating students to practice entire playlist

I am looking for any and all tips, input, ideas, and strategies to help motivate students to play piano regularly, and incorporate their entire playlist, not just their favorite songs. I have exhausted all I can think of and have continual difficulty with several students who are enjoying lessons but just have little structure during the week to get regular playing in. How old are these students? I have found it…

Unmotivated students

I have a group of young girls. Their practice is sporadic, and two of them haven't watched videos in four weeks or more. The third one moans and groans with her mother about practicing. One mom told me yesterday at the lesson, "She only practiced three days, but on those days she practiced for 45 minutes". All three cam back without having learned the LH of "Dog?". The two who haven't watched any videos said, "We…

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