How to Keep your Students Interested During the Lesson

Posted by Administrator on 8/22/2012
One common problem faced by many teachers is that students arrive to lessons motivated, but as time goes by, they lose interest and can’t focus properly. This is especially true if you are giving hour-long lessons – whether it is upon the parents’ request or because you don’t believe in 30-minute lessons – as it can be hard for younger students to focus for that long. The trick is find activities that will keep them asking for more and make them learn without having the impression of sitting in a lesson.

Keep Students Interested

How to Teach Autistic Children Piano

Posted by Yoke Wong on 8/18/2012 to Piano Lessons
Autistic children are known to do very well in music lessons. For many of them, it is a great way to explore creativity and develop a myriad of skills. Many experts recommend music lessons for children with disabilities, such as autism. However, for many music teachers, these can represent a challenge. Many ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapists will try to learn just enough piano so that they can teach their own patients – however there is a difference between “knowing a little piano” and being a full-on piano educator. Knowing techniques and approaches to help autistic children learn piano is a great way to widen your clientele and be seen as an expert in this niche.

autistic children

It’s Never Too Late to Learn – An Adult’s Journey Through Piano Lessons

Posted by Administrator on 8/14/2012 to Learn To Play Piano

Always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Good news: it’s never too late. While you might think that you’re past your prime, or are too busy or simply don’t believe that it is possible to learn how to play an instrument later on in the game, fear not. You can do it – while most teacher’s bank on younger students and teenagers, there is a growing number of adults signing up for piano lessons in their 50s, 60s, 70s and more! Of course, the learning process is entirely different and the teaching approach will most likely differ too, but it is possible for you, as an adult, to sign up for piano lessons and learn the songs you’ve always wanted to play.

You've Just Graduated With A Piano Degree, Now What?

Posted by Administrator on 8/10/2012
First of all, congratulations! You’ve just spent 4 years (or more if you just finished your Master’s) going to school and studying the one thing that excites you: music. During that time, you were able to practice hours on end, play with a myriad of talented musicians and push yourself to new musical heights. But now that you have your diploma in hand and won’t be seeking shelter between the 4 walls of your music department, what are you going to do?

music graduate career

Why Am I Learning Piano Scales?

Posted by Administrator on 8/5/2012
As a teacher, you've probably heard this question a million times. As a student, you probably still haven't received a concrete answer to that question. The truth is, many piano teachers will teach scales and require weekly practice of scales without actually knowing why; we've all learned scales when we were merely kids learning to read music and it just seems to be the thing to do to teach our own students how to play them. But, there's a problem. Kids (and adults) usually don't want to learn or work on something if they don't know how they can use it to their advantage, or what purpose it serves. If your students keep asking you why they must practice their scales, or if you are a student trying to figure out why you have to do this, read below!

why learning piano scales