Have you noticed how students may seem deaf to your directives and challenges, yet they become all ears if you praise them? That they may
baulk at music practice – but the right words inspire them to do just that?
What words would you like to see on reward stickers? I’m presently designing some – which will be available soon – and would value your ideas.
Yesterday I wrote some tips for parents of young musicians, which may be equally useful for teachers.
Tips I suggested:
Approach your support of practice like the sandwiches you make for the lunch-box. Positives – suggestions to improve – praise.
“That piece sounds good. You’ve worked well on the rhythm.”
“But bar 6 has some odd notes and stops and starts. Why not play it at half speed? Now play it five times to make sure.”
“That’s much better. What terrific tone you make now!”
Busy times can still progress musically if they “work smart” with the 80/20 principle: “What is the tricky 20% of my music that needs 80% of my time?”
That ten minutes free before dinner can be put to good use. Set a manageable goal to learn just one bar. Work in bite-sized bits.
Praise works wonders! Stress that it’s OK to stuff up sometimes in performance – we all do – and you’re proud of their efforts.
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