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TC215: Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus

by Tim Topham

Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus 100 students will start piano lessons this year and 98 will quit before they reach proficiency. Learn the reasons why students quit piano and how to help! This episode features guest Karen Gerelus speaking on research-based insights about piano student retention. Transcript of the show about ... TC215: Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus

11/06/2020 Read more

CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)

by Tim Topham

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 ... CPTP123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2)

03/23/2018 Read more

What The Research Says About Piano Practice and Motivation [Book Review]

by Tim Topham

I’ve learnt a few things about piano practice and motivation in my time as a musician and music teacher. Here are some of them: The most important thing we can teach our students is how to practice effectively Students need to be taught about practice methods including spaced practice, chunking, interleaved practice, etc. We all need to ... What The Research Says About Piano Practice and Motivation [Book Review]

08/15/2016 Read more

TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins

by Tim Topham

What do you say when you get that call? Johnny is finding lessons too hard, practice is a struggle, and he wants to quit. How do you convince that parent to stick it out when things get hard? Anita Collins is a music teacher, who got curious and turned to the field of neuroscience to ... TTTV032: What to say to parents when their child is about to quit with Anita Collins

02/26/2016 Read more

Bribery should not be used as motivation to practise – The Strad

by Tim Topham

Intrinsic v Extrinsic Motivation in Music Students Building on the ideas of one of my previous articles: Why extrinsic rewards are so bad for motivation, you might have missed this great article from string teaching magazine, The Strad. In it, a parent delves into some research about bribes, motivation and practice to come up with ... Bribery should not be used as motivation to practise – The Strad

01/28/2015 Read more

Why extrinsic rewards are so bad for motivation

by Tim Topham

Do rewards motivate people? Absolutely: They motivate people to get rewards! So states Daniel Pink in his engaging book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. According to his research, extrinsic rewards, particularly “if-then” or “contingent” rewards (“if you do this, then you’ll get that”) snuff out all self motivation and creativity, regardless of ... Why extrinsic rewards are so bad for motivation

02/09/2012 Read more