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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…
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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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Internal Motivation

Has anyone heard of school teachers saying children should use their own 'internal motivation' rather than pushing them to do something? We were discussing reward for completing tasks. Poor Mum is confused, I am telling her she needs to guide her children, manage their activities and their long term relationships. The school teacher is telling Mum to let her children explore multiple activities, quit if they don't like it and try something else. [answer author="Gabrielle K.,…

Webinar Series: 08/16/2018 – Piano – Turbo-Charge Your Studio with the Playlist Management Program

Hear from Jy Gronner and Sheri Reingold, creators of our Supplemental Program, Playlist Management. Learn about all the wonderful content included in this program as well as how to implement it in your studio. Topics include: Introducing Jy & Sheri, Creators of Playlist Management (00:05) Teacher Questions (03:53) Communicating Reasons for the Playlist (05:24) Double Pipes (11:20) Parties & Fun Ways to Keep Playlist Alive (14:39) Utilizing the Playlist from the Program (23:16) About Arrangement Names (28:56) Conclusion (35:29) Click…

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…

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