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Acknowledging Recital Performances

Today we had a recital. I always struggle with what to say after each student has played their song. Everyone is clapping, then I pop back up again to introduce the next performer. I say "that was great" then the next student I'll say "that was really good" etc. I feel awkward and uncomfortable when I say that after each student. Today I said nothing after each performance and just introduced the next one - I…
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Two Lessons Per Week

One of my new private adult students (she is practicing diligently, LOVES SM, her playlist so far is very strong) wants to switch from having one (half-hour) lesson per week to two (half-hour) lessons weekly (several days apart) because she is eager to make even faster progress though she is very happy with what she already has gained. I love her enthusiasm but am a bit concerned it could be information overload if we do 2…
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Gateway Appropriate

How would I decide whether a student would learn reasonably well using the classic Simply Music approach, or whether he & I should invest in the Gateway program? I don't think you can really know until you start. It's always safe to start with Gateway. Then, if the student is moving quickly you can start incorporating some of the regular Simply Music approach. That's what I've done with a new student.…
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Performance Anxiety

Can anyone point me towards resources to help a student with performance anxiety? She's 13 and used to willingly play and sing for anyone who'd ask, but now she's extremely resistant even as she's a fabulous and sensitive musician. I've never felt like much of a natural performer myself and feel keenly my own struggles to play in front of others so I don't feel like I have tools to help her (other than empathy!). …

SHM After Discontinuing Lessons

I have a question about the SHM. I talked to my boss at the studio the other day and she was concerned about students possibly discontinuing lessons with me and then proceeding to use the videos and purchasing additional levels to learn the songs. She wanted to know if that is protected against and could this happen? I assured her there are some things that a student can only get in a lesson and the videos…

Learning from Video Demonstration

I have a level one student (7 yo) who learned the whole AMB (2 and 3) by watching the level 1 demo. Argh! Naughty, naughty! I point out to students when they do this, they are missing out on vital learning clues (I don't tell them what). Then I ask them for their promise not to do it again. I point out that things quickly fall…

Requirement Success

Sharing a requirement-based success story. I had a family recently whose two children never practiced consistently since they started. I told parents and children consistently the past week before spring break and week following that it wasn't a problem, but that it wasn't going to work for me. The dad talked over me repeatedly, told me he "didn't have time to be a babysitter," and lied about the amount of practice time that had been happening.…

Students Wants to Limit Assignments

How would my expert teachers out there manage a student who was absolutely adamant that they should only have 1 NEW song to practice each week. Regardless of if they get it easy or not; how can I correct this limiting belief in their psychology if it all? This is a case of Claiming Territory. If you don't claim it back, it will always be something with this student. I'd start…

Observe Practice in Lesson

I've made a big discovery! It all started when I realized my students must not be practicing very well at home – or they would be playing better. One lady even said she was practicing an hour a day sometimes, but it really wasn't showing up in terms of her skill level when she came to her lesson. So… I decided to try something in the lesson. I told the students that the following week…

Video Student Advice

You know how you talk yourself blue in the face sometimes to your students about basic best practices and it seems to go in one ear and out the other? Well, I decided to let the STUDENTS speak - video tape them - and share it with my studio. Lo and behold, it worked! Folks are referencing these videos in ways they never did before when I was just TELLING them to do it. It's…

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