Category: Piano Student Rapport
Using the Growth Mindset Coloring Posters can help foster a culture of excellence within your studio. Whether it’s a studio-wide challenge or for individual students who need encouragment, or for studio decor or creative piano binder cover ideas, this is a versatile resource that can be used within your piano studio!
3 Easy Ways to Engage Your Teenage Piano Students During the Holiday Season
During this busy Christmas season, you may find that your teenage piano students are losing interest. Here are three ways to keep them musically engaged. With just a little planning on your part, you’ll have your teens smiling and happy to come to their lessons, satisfying both teacher and student!
5 Easy Ways to Use Music Certificates in Private Lessons and K-12 Music Classes
These aesthetically-pleasing music certificates can go a long way in helping create positive, long-lasting memories for music students. The list of awards can be used as a planning tool for teachers. Click here to read 5 easy ways to use music certificates in private music lessons and the K-12 music classroom.
Cultivating Motivated Students in the Piano Studio
How to motivate students—the age-old dilemma. It’s wonderful to have internally motivated students. They come to lessons prepared and enthusiastically soak up every morsel of teacher wisdom you can offer. But what about the other students? The ones with little to no weekly progress and an ambivalence that can make you want to stand on your head just to get their attention. Or what about a student who started strong but fell into a rut and now seems disinterested? How can we motivate our students to want to practice, study, and persevere in piano studies so they obtain a lifetime of enjoyment?
How to Help the Piano Student Who Doesn’t Practice
Do you teach students who don’t practice? In this article, we’ll define the student who doesn’t practice, list reasons why this piano student doesn’t practice, and discuss specific things we can do to help the student become an excellent and motivated practicer. There’s even a list of things you can start doing in your lessons today to motivate and encourage your students and help them learn how to practice!
Eliminate Filler Words from Your Piano Teaching Vocabulary in 6 Easy Steps
We use them to verbalize our hesitations. We use them because we’re thinking, or we’re not sure what to say next. We use them as a way to let people know we’re still speaking. We use them because maybe we’re not feeling confident about what we want to say. What are they? Filler words. Learn how to eliminate them from your vocabulary and become a clearer and more succinct communicator and teacher.
150 Ways to Say “Good” in Piano Lessons
My toolbox for complimenting my students was not “very good”, and I was stuck in a rut with my boring and repetitive praise and encouragement words, all of which incorporated the same not-so-creative word: “Good”. Download the free list of 150+ complimentary words and phrases, and before you know it, your piano teaching vocabulary will be bursting at the seams with imaginative and creative ways to say “good job”. Your piano students will love it!
Fun & Affordable Prizes Piano Students Love!
What kind of prizes do I include in my piano studio prize box that students of all ages would love, and that are very affordable? I’ve asked my students what kinds of things they’d love to have as prizes, and added my own options as well, so our prize box is filled with a huge variety of affordable treasures suitable for all ages. Slime to scrunchies, music-themed pencils, socks, and gift cards, and more!
How to Go with the Flow in Piano Lessons
When students enter our studios, they usually arrive with some sort of baggage. Leftover and unprocessed feelings or emotions from the day, worries, stresses, fears. We often don’t see or hear about these issues, especially with students that are really good at “keeping it together”, but sometimes those feelings rear their heads during our weekly lessons with our students, causing a pause in our instructional time and begging for our attention. Here’s a recent account of one of these experiences with one of my college students: How we overcame the mental obstacles so he could perform beautifully, in spite of his anxiety.