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Making Online Lessons Simple

I promised I'd send online ideas that make it SIMPLE for beginning onliners. I've been doing this for a while now. It is particularly helpful I find for kids in groups online. It helps the lesson get off to a flying start at that typically clunky online beginning of lesson with lining the technology up. It covers the super important LTR, PL and checking NOTES from previous week without saying a word. What I have in…

Practice and Retiring as Repertoire Grows

Two questions: 1) How do practice requirements change through the foundation levels? Level one is 15-20 minutes, but as their repertoire grows, it would seem they need more time to keep everything alive and also with the addition of multiple streams and songs getting more complicated. 2) How do you know when to retire a song? I'm only trained in levels 1-3 and multiple streams, so I'm not clear what songs need to be kept from the foundation levels…

Nervous at Lesson, Perfect at Home

I’m sensing my own impatience lately with some of my adult students! I also feel like I’ve been getting lots of “I’m nervous” and “it was perfect at home” from them. Maybe it’s just me... I’m not quite sure what’s going on. I’m just feeling frustrated right now I guess. It is great to not only have these thoughts but more so, to be questioning them. Frustration is another door to…

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…

Outside YouTube Pieces

One of my new students (a 16 year old, very disciplined at practicing, and he and his Dad both love SM so far, he is on Jackson Blues) just told me today that he is also learning some extra songs (songs he likes and knows from movies, etc.) from YouTube clips that show you which notes to play and with which finger numbers, etc. NOT with music score but just note letter names etc. ... he is…

Practice on Vacation

A student is on a 6-week road trip. His mom just texted, "My piano player has been missing his piano. It is his coping mechanism when the world gets overwhelming. I didn't realize how much piano helps him. Do you know of general places--besides music stores--where he could play for 15/20 minutes?" Any ideas? Maybe a church in the area? I've used Best Buy before if…

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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