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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…

SHMs – help or hindrance?

I am a very new SM teacher and have not started to advertise in earnest yet. However, I started teaching one adult student who was going incredibly well, but she promptly dropped out after the first month of lessons were over (I charge on a monthly basis). I can’t help thinking that some adult students – in particular – would be quite capable of ‘figuring out’ what they had to do from the DVD, at least in…

Student refuses to watch SHM videos

I have a student that I've been teaching for just over 3 months. She practices regularly, but refuses to watch the videos. Her mom will not enforce this. It's definitely slowing her down by not watching them, but she is still making good progress. How big of an issue do I make this? Pretty big, if you want her to get the best results and stick with you. My first suggestion…

Student canceling lesson with short notice

I wanted to share a difficult conversation success I had recently: a teenage student attempted to cancel a lesson 30 minutes prior, by saying they were sick. To me, this felt like a classic case of claiming territory, making it necessary for me to let her know that she would still be paying for it. Sure enough, come lesson time, she was feeling okay and didn't seem to be sick at all, which reaffirms to me…

Benefit of requirement-based studio

I just had to let go of a 7-year-old student who was over-committed and not making time to practice. The mom and I are still friends and ended on good terms. I woke up this morning to an email from mom asking if she could take her daughter's place instead because she enjoyed the lessons so much! Being a requirement-based studio really does pay off on so many levels! What a…

Webinar Series: 11/29/2017 – Piano – How Unfulfilled Expectations Impact Your Studio & Your Results

In this webinar Neil talks about the design of upset, what that means specifically and how to manage, and more importantly, prevent upset from occurring. This includes developing an understanding of some underlying dynamics in your relationships with students and coaches with regard to expectations. Topics include: The Design & Mechanics of Upset (00:11) Identifying the Type of Upset (10:59) Student Expectations, Teacher Expectations (15:43) Studio Example - Coach Expectations (19:02) Preventing & Identifying Upset (26:22) Adult Beginner Expectations (28:50)…

Parent correcting student during lesson

I have a "territory" parent situation I haven't encountered before and would like to ask for some specific guidance on how to deal with this. The student is 8 and in a private lesson. She is lovely, eager to learn, and compliant from my perspective. Her mother is quite critical in general and has a specific habit of snapping at her daughter about not sitting still, having an attitude, etc, when she's at the piano during…

Webinar Series: 10/24/2017 – Piano – Developing Strong Communication Skills

Neil discusses some the components of powerful communication in this webinar. Learn how you can ensure that your studio requirements are clearly understood and met by your students and coaches, thus maximizing your success as a teacher and your students’ success with their lessons. Topics include: What is Communication? (00:00) How to Communicate Powerfully/Critical Foundation (07:11) Impact of Liking/Not Liking Students (10:54) Alignment & Clarity with Requirements (15:50) When Requirements Are Not Met (26:07) Sample Conversation With Students Not Adhering…

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