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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…

Webinar Series: 02/16/2018 – Gateway – Spotlight on Parent/Coach Role

The role of the parent or coach with Gateway students can differ quite a bit from the role they play in the Simply Music Piano program. Learn why this is often necessary, ways in which you can still keep parents involved, and hear some real-life…

Ideas for families to share music

A mom of one of my special kids mentioned yesterday how much fun they are beginning to have as a family playing together and the music conversations happening between siblings and parents. I have three students from this family, and the mom is a traditional…

Parents attending workshops

Quick question concerning workshops: do parents attend just like with regular lessons? I would require it. Otherwise we invite the questions – why require parent attendance for ongoing lessons when it wasn’t required for workshops? And ultimately it’s the parent deciding whether to continue lessons…

Parents Writing Extra Notes

Having been fairly clear about the need to have students and parents refrain from writing extra notes for themselves or their children, and still seeing some of them doing it, I decided to include a reinforcement in my monthly newsletter. The text follows: ” I’ve…

Parents, Participation and Part-time Attendance

I have a prime, after-school lesson time, and I’m considering filling it with a group of 8 and 9 year old girls who have been on my waiting list for a few months. I’m hoping for a Shared Lesson of at least 3, but it…

Using Parents as a Fun Incentive

I have a shared lesson of a boy and a girl. The girl practices religiously but the boy doesn’t like attempting anything unless he knows it will be perfect, he was losing heart and practicing less. The mothers of these 2 children had always attended…

Chat – Managing Parents Beyond the Foundation Session

Samali (AUS): Welcome to today’s chat session. I am Samali de Tissera from Perth, Western Australia and I will be hosting the session today. I have been teaching SM for five years now. Mostly I teach in shared lessons of two students. The topic for…

Issue with Interfering Dad in Lessons

I’m reaching out to you all for some much needed advice. I’m not good at articulating myself sometimes in uncomfortable situations, and I want to make sure that the email I send this father is VERY ARTICULATE. Here is the situation: I did an FIS…