Parent support in piano class

Parent support for piano practise with young piano students is a huge issue. With teachers, because they know the likelihood of any student actually progressing beyond the beginner level depends on this. Even the musically talented student.

For piano parents it’s time and commitment and something more for them to add to their already busy schedules.

15 easy steps for students, to a really effective piano class

Sometimes piano teachers have those days. And we need to decide whether to have a good laugh or scream at the walls after our students leave. I’ve decided to laugh at all the crazy things my piano students do…

When focus is a problem in piano class

A brief glimpse of the teacher’s struggle The piano teacher points to a note and asks the student to name it. The student answers wrong repeatedly. When this child is asked to point out the note he/she is talking about, it becomes clear that the student know his/her stuff, but is just not able toContinue reading “When focus is a problem in piano class”

Teaching parents the value of struggle – and how it’s helping

When parent support turns into spoon-feeding Young beginner level piano students need their parents to be involved, So they practise daily Read their homework book, understand, and following instructions. Develop independence as they grow older and learn to practise on their own. Unfortunately, parents often use this time to show their child what is correct,Continue reading “Teaching parents the value of struggle – and how it’s helping”

What your piano fees pay for

Parents often think that piano teaching is just a 1 hour class once a week for the teacher. Here’s a print from a brochure I keep handy, for parents of all new students to read….It helps parents see that the piano teaching is a ‘profession’ as well as a vocation for the teacher – asContinue reading “What your piano fees pay for”

Learning goals change over time and piano parents need to expect it

“But my child achieved this level of playing and learning last year, and you said it was excellent….this year you say it’s not good enough.” This is something many piano teachers will hear from parents, and it can be the cause of a lot of discord when parents want progress in piano class, but don’tContinue reading “Learning goals change over time and piano parents need to expect it”

Is piano class fun?

My answer to that is Yes and No. Yes Because young children learn rhythm and scales while doing a lot of fun activities. Every young child has heard do, re, mi, etc, in ‘The Sound of Music,’ so learning to play scales is exciting for the young piano student (see What practising scales is goodContinue reading “Is piano class fun?”

Why young students give up the piano

‘Parents thinking a child can practise alone, is a major reason why children stop piano study’ .. i quote here, from a blog by the Vahl Piano Studio. The blog makes an interesting point, that students give up, because they can’t progress.. because they don’t practise enough to learn something new every time.. That whenContinue reading “Why young students give up the piano”

7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class

There are so many different kinds of classes – all called ‘Piano Class’ and parents have no real way of knowing exactly what they are getting into, until their child is enrolled. Teachers always talk to the parent before they take on a new student – i know i do, because the ‘Piano Class’ thatContinue reading “7 things you need to commit to before you start piano class”