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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.…

Longer lessons for advanced students

I've been thinking of implementing longer lessons for my more advanced private students who I think need the time in the upper levels, in particular with all the reading we do. Maybe 45 minutes or hour lessons? One student is requesting an hour lesson and is willing to pay more. Do other teachers do this, and I'm wondering what the rate adjustment would be for both times? I have been teaching…

Teacher burnout

I'm in a valley, that's for sure. I'm tired of starting work at 5pm while everyone else is starting to prepare their dinner. And I'm tired of talking to the students constantly about their playlists, tired of hearing them say they practice all their songs but don't mark the playlist, I'm tired of the parents backing them up, and I feel bad for the parents who tell their kids off week after week after week about…

Keeping young students engaged

I would love some ideas on keeping 6- and 7-year-olds engaged during a half hour lesson. I'm only teaching SM, but anything else to make the lesson times and learning the songs more fun for them would be appreciated. I don't have a whole lot of experience with that age group. The main issues tend to be the attention spans at that age. The main problem with kids is them having…

Managing coaches / lesson time management

I have a situation I'm not sure what to do with. Maybe some more experienced teachers have some advice? Two little girls recently started lessons with me in a group, each with the grandmother as the life coach. Neither lives with grandmother. One student's mom is also attending, and that grandmother volunteered to pay a second lesson fee as a student. So I have three paying students, with five in the group lesson: two kids and…

Webinar Series: 06/13/2017 – Piano – Fitting in All the Streams

In this webinar Neil talks about structuring lessons to include all required components of the Core Curriculum. Topics include: Importance of Following the Core Curriculum (00:08) Methodological or Behavioral Basis? (04:45) Circle-in-Square Concept (07:57) Timing of Streams (11:25) Introducing Comp & Improv, Arrangements and Accompaniment 1 (16:40) Nature of Presenting Material (20:49) Detailed Order of Special Programs Projects (32:03) Moving from Improv Into Composition (34:19) Students Not Practicing All Streams (36:02) How to Present Small Doses of Accompaniment (40:44) Click…

Avoiding teacher overwhelm for introverts

For introverts: how do you avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the time with people? Shared lessons are much more fun for me than private. But they are also draining, especially if I have too many in a row. It makes me want to get away from people for a while, but of course I have family and other responsibilities outside of lessons. As my studio has grown larger, and I'm teaching more hours, I do feel…

New teacher feeling overwhelmed

I feel like I'm trying to climb Mt Everest with just a daypack. So much left to learn! I've got all the Foundation 1 songs, basic versions, and most of Foundation 2. I'm barely ahead of some of my students. Also trying to do the trainings for Comp & Improv, Arrangements, Accompaniment, and review Teaching Groups. Whew! On the one hand I'm very encouraged with new students starting and the energy and excitement they bring. On…

Lesson plan to incorporate all streams

Is there a lesson plan that incorporates not only the foundation levels but Comp & Improv, arrangements, accompaniment, rhythm/note reading, etc? I'm finding it very difficult to know how to cover everything in the right order at the right time since the various modules are not integrated. No, there's not. It's something that unfolds and reveals itself along the way. I think most of us teachers have made up some sort…

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