music practice strategies

It’s quickly moving to the busy end of the year, with concerts, school events, and Christmas parties galore approaching. I’m sure that after everything that’s happened this year, we’re all very aware of just how much being out of a regular routine impacts our ability to practise effectively. This is why it’s super important to…

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Term 2 Challenges After the success of last term’s Fantasy Quest, we will be starting our new studio challenge this week! This is a challenge that spans seven levels, from beginners to advanced students; something for everyone! As with our past challenges, this one can be used just for this term, or students can continue…

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stay motivated piano lesson

This week I’d like to talk a little about self determination theory, after listening to this podcast. The interviewee, Karen Gerelus, discussed the three psychological needs of competence, relatedness, and autonomy and the relationship with music lessons. I structure repertoire and technical advances carefully to ensure that students are presented with an appropriate balance of challenge…

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actively listening to music

If you have spent any time at all in the last few years reading parenting books, or watching parenting videos, you’ve probably heard about active listening. Active listening is a technique that is used in solving conflicts and arguments, and demands that the listener concentrates, understands, responds to and remembers what is being said. Although…

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