CPTP124: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 3)

motivation equation samantha coates part 3


This is the third and final part in our wonderful series on piano student motivation with Samanatha Coates. (Listen to part 1 here or part 2 here if you missed them.)

Samantha shares a great quote in this episode:

“It is not your job to motivate students. It is your job to create the environment in which they can motivate themselves.” – Edward Deci

And Samantha really breaks down what it means to create that environment. Bringing the ideas of mastery and relatedness into everything we do, means we can foster this lifelong musicianship that we all want for our students.

She also discuss the importance of autonomy. How, as teachers, we have to allow our students to make decisions so that they can connect with the music they’re learning.

This is essential listening for all piano teachers. Make sure you tune in.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why self-determination theory is relevant to piano teachers
  • The most common reasons why students quit 
  • How group teaching can help with relatedness
  • How and why to let students choose their own repertoire
  • Why the exam express is so destructive for the feeling of mastery
  • Why finding the right repertoire is the most important thing we can do

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Have you allowed your students enough automony?

Do they get to make choices in their studies? Do they get opportunities to relate to their peers in your studio?

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