Our family has been blessed with several wonderful piano teachers over the years, but the one who is currently teaching our children to play is in a class all her own.
Ms. Judy is a master at inspiring her students to practice, partly because she gives them a say in what music they learn, and partly because she doesn’t make them keep track of the minutes or hours they spend practicing.
Instead, she simply asks them to play through their music a specified number of times four days a week (three times on Monday or Tuesday, twice on Tuesday or Wednesday, three times on Wednesday or Thursday, twice on Thursday or Friday).
The curious thing is that by “requiring” less from her students, she ends up getting more out of them.
I cannot tell you how often my children sit down at the piano to play, even after all their boxes have been checked off. And during those extra practices? They are there for the pure pleasure of playing, not because the clock says they have twenty minutes left before their allotted hour is up.
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I keep all my children’s practice notes in a three-ring binder, with a divider tab for each child taking lessons. The instructor can fill in which pieces need to be practiced, then the kids check them off as they complete each assigned run-through.
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