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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…

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…

Ideas for playlist review

Hit me with some fun ideas for playlist review! I've been trying to set aside the last lesson of the month to really focus on hearing selections from their playlists (I still incorporate some of this each week, but take a bigger chunk of the lesson for this at the end of the month). I'm looking form some fresh ideas with this. We've tried choosing selections with popsicle sticks or rolling dice, the spinner app is…

Helping parents get children to practice

I would like to prepare a document to give to parents to help in getting their children to practice when they don't want to. Please share tips that have worked for you or parents in your studio. When I have students that don't like to practice, I let them borrow my riddle sticks or they can make their own. Each stick has a riddle on it and the student plays the…

Playlist: Parent’s unmet expectations

The parent of a student I've had for three years told me that her daughter needs review because she only plays the current songs on her playlist (Level 6). The student's father travels for months at a time and comes home with expectations to hear "all the songs" and is angry when some are "forgotten". In addition, the student has been traveling back and forth out of state where dad has been working and where there…

Helping students keep the playlist alive

I feel like I've had an epiphany lately! I'm realizing the importance of "really" helping students to keep their songs alive. We can't assume they will do it all themselves or even the parents for that matter. The lesson time is the only time we have control of to hear students' lists. Any variations and arrangements require ongoing review since there's no video support. I'm making it a personal mission to hear more playlist songs from…

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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