No Practice Required
This post includes the original post at www.missdorla.com
Week by week. Year after year. Students arrive at their piano lesson without practicing their assigned pieces.
Week by week. Year after year. Piano teachers try to find ways to entice students to practice.
Piano students are “let go” from piano studios because they do not practice.
Households are stressed because piano students do not practice.
Piano teachers are loosing students because parents are tired of weekly messages saying “Johnny needs to practice .”
On the other hand…
Playing sports is so much fun! Put on your t-shirt, join your team, play the game together, go home.
Next week? Repeat!
How many of these players will be drafted by a major league team? less than 2.9%.
How many will have a career in sports? Probably a few more.
How many will love the game for life and dabble in it when gathering with friends? I bet 99% of them will at least still enjoy the game.
What does this have to do with piano lessons?
Learning to play the piano has a tradition of discipline, repetition and loneliness. Students may love to come to their lesson every week, it may even be fun; but the daily practice at home… that’s another story.
Is there another way to learn to play the piano and love it?
Here is my vision.
Piano lessons are so much fun! Grab your music bag, join your team, play the piano, go home!
Next week? Repeat!
How many of these pianists will pursue the career of a concert pianist?
How many will have a career in music? Maybe a few more.
How many will love the game of music for life and dabble in it when gathering with friends? I bet 99% of them will at least still enjoy music for the rest of their lives.
Do you see what I see? It’s a beautiful vision of my students making music at the piano with others. For life.
What does this look like at my studio?
- Group Piano Lessons. What is so great about group lessons. Print this as a reminder.
- Expectations based on family needs and studio values.
- Joyful Learning Environment.
So, what does this have to do with practicing?
If you serve a community of families that want to give their children many opportunities to foster their physical and mental growth, they are probably involved in many extracurricular activities. Piano is just one of many.
Providing a place to learn music at the piano that does not require students to go home and spend an X amount of time improving what was introduced in class, has been my goal for the past year.
It’s not as easy as it sounds. There are mindsets, expectations and traditions that are hard to break. But it can be done.
Is there anyone else that is doing something similar?
Share in the comments!