Students with Prior Experience

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Transitioning from Learn-at-Home Program

Neil Moore discusses the Learn-at-Home Program: its origins, transitioning students from it into the Simply Music Piano curriculum, differences, materials. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4VuAPnbf08 Original video posted April 4, 2017

Student quit after one month – parent not on board

I am disappointed to have a student stop lessons after one month. She is 9 years old and came in with several years of traditional lesson experience. My sense was that her mother was positive about SM and letting her start at Level 1, but…

New student with extensive prior experience

I’m about to start a student with 8 years of traditional experience. Besides my own very similar experience (8 years of traditional lessons + 6 years teaching myself + SM) and the audio tracks on this subject in the Library, does anyone have any tips…

Adapting curriculum to student with traditional experience

I have a potential student that has had around two years of traditional lessons, some of which has been spread out over several years, so may not be the strongest of two years. She just finished her freshman year of high school. Mom tells me…

Taking on a more advanced student

I just had an adult come to a FIS, who already plays very well by notes and also by ear. What he plays by ear is absolutely lovely and full of expression, and he has a lot of background from playing fiddle and he knows…

Workshop for students with prior experience

I have just completed my initial training and am very excited about teaching students using this fantastic method! I have had an introductory session and the foundation session talk with two girls (12 and 10) and their mother which went really well. The girls have…

Transitioning traditional students to SM

Brand new SM teacher here. I just completed my ITTM and I’m starting to work on strategy for implementing SM with my current roster of students. I have a lot of questions concerning this process (for teachers that come from traditional) so I wondered first…

Reading Rhythm for students with prior experience

I have a brother/sister shared lesson who can read music (although not confidently) and I’ve just assigned their first MOR. Next would be to ask them to take the rhythms to the keys over 5SS. Being that they can read music, would you still do…

Adult student needs help with worship band

I have a prospective student who has been playing piano at church since she was 12, and she’s in her fifties now. She said several times that she was “groomed” for playing hymns at church, and she reads music, but she doesn’t play with freedom…

Using SM sheet music to supplement playing-based learning

I have a piano student who has already been introduced to sight reading from a former teacher. Is there any reason they can’t learn the song via pattern playing first, then switch over to the sheet music instead of waiting until level 4 or 5?…