I’m sure we have all had students who are low on motivation at one point or another. It’s not always easy to keep students practicing week after week. To make matters complicated, every student is different: something that motivates one student might not work for the next.
Here are some ideas for increasing motivation among your piano students:
- Take lessons yourself. Put yourself in their shoes – literally. Remember what it’s like to have a busy week and have a hard time finding time for practice? Remember what it’s like to when your pieces don’t play as well in the lesson as they did at home? You can be more genuinely understanding and make better suggestions for solutions if you are taking lessons yourself and going through the same situations that they are. Think you don’t have time for lessons? Try to find someone who’s willing to take you on every other week or even once a month. Continuing your own piano lessons will probably benefit you in more ways that you think!
- Be sure to give them a good variety of repertoire. Make sure there is plenty of variety in the music they are working on. Find out what types of music they like. Supplement their method book(s) with new age piano (think Jim Brickman), hymn arrangements, jazz/blues, pop music, soundtrack/music theater music (think Disney, High School Musical, or Twilight – whatever is currently popular!). No matter the student, however, I always make sure they are working on something classical too. There are so many different types of great music within classical music – I truly believe there is something for everyone! Continue reading “9 Ideas for Motivating Piano Students”