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Inner Hearing Exercise

I was remembering something I used to do with my elem general music students in school. They would sing a song and when I held up my hand, they kept singing it internally. When my hand came down, they would continue singing where the song…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Helping parents get children to practice

I would like to prepare a document to give to parents to help in getting their children to practice when they don’t want to. Please share tips that have worked for you or parents in your studio. When I have students that don’t like to…