Piano teachers teaching in localities where interest in piano lessons is just developing often encounter a lot of students who have an examination mindset. With many, this mindset can be so fixed, that these students will not practise anything unless it is clearly evident that it is part of an examination syllabus.
Many piano teachers here in Navi Mumbai work with students where examination goals are the only motivating factor for learning. Until achievement changes things and makes the student start to love practising. Students here in India LOVE examinations, so it works really well with most. Unless there’s a goal mismatch.
A goal mismatch is when the examination oriented student wants to achieve high goals, but doesn’t enjoy the learning process that is needed for this to happen.
A goal mismatch can lead to a lot of student-teacher discord, because the students feelings are in conflict with his/her goals. Continue reading 3 Steps To Preventing A Goal Mismatch In Piano Class
Can you learn something new every day?
Or open your mind to a different way.
Or spend just 5 minutes during each week,
Trying something different from hobbies you usually seek? Continue reading A Learn-Something-New Challenge
We must make hay when the sun shines bright,
Let our dreams change hue in the silver of the night.
We must take a turn when the path is blocked,
And explore the lanes we usually do not. Continue reading Make hay when the sun shines bright
The light-bulb moment
April 2019 was a month of breakthroughs in piano class. Some of my students had been struggling with things that should have been easy for them, and it took them months to reach that light-bulb moment when everything just fell into place.
A solution so simple and easy to understand, and yet, something that these particular students could only understand after a lot of struggle.
The practise of LEARNING.
Continue reading Piano practise : The idea of ‘practising’ learning
A letter to the piano student who fears failure and therefore just won’t try.
Dear Student, I’m asking you to make an effort.
I’m not asking you to succeed, but to just go through the motions to start with.
Because I know that success will follow.
Because I know, that someday you’ll move on and be independent in learning music. Continue reading Because I know that success will follow
The changing face of piano lessons
My early years as a piano teacher were about teaching music. My young students got music concepts easily. They ran rings around me those first few years, until I had enough teaching experience. Because they could remember what was taught even without practise and I’d get fooled into thinking they’d done their work!
They were flexible thinkers and asked questions when they couldn’t understand. I had a few students with learning issues later, and I wrote a post about them – ‘Coping with the overscheduled child in piano class’. But mostly, it was just about teaching music.
It’s so very different these days, as a lot of beginner level piano teachers now need to be skilled in remedial teaching. Because the percentage of children who struggle with learning and comprehension grows each year. Teachers in different parts of the world often notice the same trend. Continue reading Remedial teaching in piano lessons
Is piano class effective (for young children age 5/6)
- Does the student understand concepts, patterns and ideas, and recognize them when they occur in a new piece?
- Does the student know what good practise is, and how to do this at home?
There’s a quick and easy way to judge whether a student is doing well in piano class. And that is whether the student can learn new easy pieces independently from the very first. Continue reading Can you Learn On Your Own?