Motivation and practice are the biggest keys to our students’ success at the piano. That’s why I’m so thrilled to welcome back Samantha Coates for part two of our three-part series on student motivation. (Listen to part 1 here if you missed it.)
In today’s show, Samantha is talking us through the parents’ role in piano lessons and how we can communicate that role to them.
Parent education is a hugely underestimated part of our job as teachers. If we get this stuff right, it makes a massive difference.
One of the ways Samantha explains this to parents is using her progress matrix which you can find on her blog here.
By laying out the balance of practice and support (with a sense of humour), Samantha makes it very clear how direct this relationship is. No practice + no support = No progress…it really is that simple.
I know you’re going to get a heap out of this episode, I certainly did.
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Do you think they realise how crucial their role is? Do they know what goes into good progress with a musical instrument?
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at dev.topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.