When students finish a lesson, there’s no guarantee what kind of practice will happen at home. Although we’d love to be in control of every practice minute, that’s not reality. Instead of focusing on what’s impossible, it’s important that we teachers focus on what we CAN do to encourage the right kind of practice at home that will ignite progress between lessons. When students see themselves make progress, they want to come back for more. Read more about the impact of progress on motivation in this past post.
Below is a guest post by Roberta Wolff that offers spot-on tips and practical maxims for teacher practice notes and student practice. Roberta includes detailed information on her excellent resources that reinforce successful practice habits and is offering a special coupon for all 88PianoKeys.me readers.
Ms. Wolff has brilliant advice and I’m so thankful that she took the time to share it with us!
To me, practice, or assignment, sheets are a vital tool in helping students sustain effort between lessons. Not because we expect a student’s work to be under par but rather in acknowledgement of the fact that practice can be a challenge, and one that requires a healthy dose of zeal and determination.
I am a UK-based piano teacher and for the last four years I have been researching how students learn and practice with particular emphasis on developing resources and ideas to support students and teachers.
My priorities have been:
- Teaching students how to be more efficient during their practice, including motivating students to practice regularly, musically and creatively with a healthy dose of fun.
- Creating resources which streamline the teachers work, including making notes clearer and easier to write, reducing planning time between lessons and educating parents and students on the art of practice.
This article will be useful to you if you are looking for:
- Tips to help your students practice.
- Ideas which you can incorporate in your own assignment sheets.
- New downloadable resources, be sure to use the coupon code below.
- Free downloads.
This article is written in two halves:
- A summary of my research
- A summary of the resources I have developed as a result.