We all know that stickers, charts, music money, trophies, perhaps even competitions(?) can motivate students to progress but these “tactics” are just that, extrinsic motivators to get your students to do what YOU want.
However, why not find more ways to trigger intrinsic motivation so that your students achieve and move forward just because THEY want to.
Nothing inspires me more than seeing someone do something that I want to do. With the availability of videos at our finger tips thanks to YouTube, we can see others excel and having fun making music.
Each week, my students have a 30-min lesson with me and a 30-min lab session. This series Get Inspired! was developed for a twist from the typical lab task. In order to make this “inspiring” assignment easily accessible to students, I designed a page or episode featuring three artists of various styles at 88pianokeys.me. A brief bio and at least one video of each artist is provided. Included on the page is a pdf of guided listening questions that you can print off for your students. So far there are two episodes available, with more to come.
Most biographical information is taken from Wikipedia. Links to the artists’ websites or recent interviews are included if available.
If you have a YouTube artist that you think should be featured in an upcoming episode, please let me know in the comment section.
I can’t wait to begin this series with my pianists as I hope it inspires them to “get going” in their own efforts at the keys.
PS: Credit for this fantastic idea goes to Leanne Garth Lee–thank you!
2012 Get Inspired Directory
Here are links to each episode. Featured artists are listed after each episode
Episode 1 = Michael Kaeshammer, Valentina Lisitsa, The 5 Browns
Episode 2 = Yundi Li, Leonard Bernstein, Jarrod Radnich
Episode 3 = Cameron Carpenter, Olga Kern, Marcin Koziak
Episode 4 = Daniel Barenboim, Bradley Sowash, Lang Lang
Episode 5 = Elaine Comparone, The Piano Guys
Episode 6 = What Music Means to Me Artists
Episode 7 = Anderson and Roe, Victor Borge and 12 at One Piano
2013 Get Inspired (Season Two!)
Episode 8 = My First Classical Music App: Baroque and Classical Composers, featuring Yuja Wang, Cameron Carpenter, The Piano Guys and more
Episode 9 = My First Classical Music App: Romantic and 20th Century Composers, featuring Daniel Barenboim, Hayley Westenra, Evgyny Kissin, The Five Browns, Anderson and Roe and more
Episode 10 = Patriotic Music: Celebrating the music of the United States with a selection of interesting performances of well-known songs and more.
Episode 11 = Minor Music: A selection of pieces in the minor mode from all different time periods.
Episode 12 = Baroque Bash: My studio is going Baroque in the Fall of 2015 and these unique videos capture the spirit of the time.
Episode 13 = Boogie Woogie: Used to inspire a blues and boogie unit in the studio. More coming about that soon!
Episode 14 = Part of Rhythm Make it Count–a resource you’ll NEED for all your off bench needs integrating the best apps and activities to boost rhythmic skills.