CPTP133: How to motivate and help students practice with Aaron Garner

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motivate students practice aaron garner

Aaron Garner used to be like many teachers, frustrated by sitting in lessons correcting note errors in his students’ pieces all day. That is, until he found a way to help students practice better.

Aaron brought together the magic of backing tracks and technology to create a comprehensive practice solution for students: Piano Marvel. This software breaks pieces down and gamifies the process of practising the piano.

Learn how you could help students practice in your studio and what effective practice looks like in this episode.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Where we’re going wrong with teaching students how to practice
  • Why students need a way to self-analyse their practice
  • Why technology will never replace good teachers
  • How Aaron reduces the preparation time for a piece with a new student
  • Where gamification can help in piano practice
  • Why Aaron builds up a new piece in layers with a student

Links Mentioned

  • Piano Marvel – use this link to get a special discount for podcast listeners or start a free trial!

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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.

Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!

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How do you help students practice?

What do you do to motivate them? How do you get them to practice effectively?

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