communication

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New Question to Start Lesson

You know how you have a little small talk before the class begins…finding out how they are and how piano was that week? Well, this week I tried a little different angle. I asked “Did you make any musical discoveries this week”. The answers surprised…

Self-Generativity in Online Lessons

I noticed an unexpected benefit today in my virtual lessons – because I wasn’t there to have more ‘hands on’ instruction,they had to think through and process instruction a little differently. It seemed more generative as they spoke the instructions kinda to themselves and figured…

No Closure with Discontinuation

Students Emotional at Lesson

Learning to Play By Ear

A parent asked me tonight “when will my daughter be able to hear a song, and just know how to play it with all the chords and in the right key?” I was unsure how to answer this, so of course I told the truth,…

Emergency Information

Teachers, do you have a system for emergencies? For example, I was thinking of having an “emergency card” in my studio with contact info for a trusted neighbor and my husband in case something happens to me during a lesson. Then I wondered if I…

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…

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…