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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…

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…

Recognition for students

I have received an email inquiry from a parent initially asking if Simply Music students undertook exams and what concerts were available for students. I responded letting her know that students did not sit formal exams and that often teachers ran concerts for their students. She has however come back and asked "May I know how the Simply Music method gives students recognition if there's no exam and certification? And what approach does the Simply Music…

Recognizing exceptional students

I'm highly considering an "Honors Track" with my students this year as we set goals, dream a little, etc. The point of this would be to celebrate our regular commitments in the SM student journey but especially those that go over and above. Things like extra compositions, personal mini-recitals for friends and family, extracurricular research on famous musicians, practicing more than recommended time, outside reading and holiday projects, etc. I would help students with a point…

100th Lesson Celebration

I have some students approaching their 100th lesson and would like to reward them with a special gift or outing when it happens. I think its an achievement worthy of recognition. Do you have any ideas for an appropriate reward? Has anyone done this for their students? (The 50th lessons went by with a wow and congratulations!) Any ideas appreciated. I think the one-year anniversary or definitely the 100th lesson anniversary is…