12 TIPS FOR KEEPING OUR STUDENTS INTERESTED IN PIANO:
1. Say “I love hearing you play” instead of “it’s time to practice”.
2. Establish a regular time for playing through assigned pieces (several of our best students like getting up early to practice or practicing before doing homework).
3. Praise any noticeable improvements in student’s playing. Ask them to practice so that they can play what they are working on for an audience (for you and their family).
4. Expose them to many different styles of music by playing various radio stations, videos or CD’s. watching musicals or music videos together, going to concerts AND sharing opinions of what you each like and why. Then either find one of their favorites to learn OR… see if their teacher can help them sound it out.
5. OR…call our office to request specific song titles. Have your students watch our youtube videos posted on our website to hear favorite selections from easy books.
6. Expose students to our website www.playtimeartsacademy.com to get them excited about upcoming recitals. Specific details regarding recitals are forthcoming with your regular monthly invoices.
7. Encourage playdates with other children who also take music lessons – let them “jam” or compose some new duets together!
8. Teach them through example to be patient & gentle with themselves. Learning to read music and play the piano or keyboard is a discipline. – Honor this process.
9. Let students record their playing on a phone or other recorder to increase their awareness of their style and then listen together and see if you agree on what needs more effort.
10. Encourage students to listen to more advanced pianists (siblings, friends, other recital performers, professional musicians, CD’s etc.) and allow the experience to inspire them about the pay-offs that await… .
11. Help us to help you by filling out and returning the teacher evaluation form we send out after your first few months of lessons..
12. If all else fails, call our office both for suggestions or if you have any concerns.