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Nurture Your Piano Students

Nurture Your Piano Students

Nurture your piano students to the point of indulgence. As a result you will have much happier students. Some piano teachers are disciplinarians, others are slave-drivers, and then there are those that delight and entertain their students. Kids are uncertain what they can do, but a supportive teacher makes almost anything possible. The key element is verbal, a non-stop barrage of supportive, humorous banter that keeps the child working and laughing.

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Adopt A Gentle Attitude

One of my favorite films is The Horse Whisperer. I think the same approach applies to kids at the piano. As the Horse Whisperer said, "I put the rope around their neck, but I don't yank on it. I put it on the ground and let the horse know I'm not doing anything until he's good and ready." 

Thus your conceit, as a piano teacher, should be that the last thing on your mind is a piano lesson. Act as if it's a coincidence that you are there every Tuesday at 4. I usually start by just sitting down and starting to play, no words, no lecture, just fun music that draws them in. Get them in a happy mood, ready to have fun. The work comes later.

Every Kid Is Different

Some kids want you to be quiet while they try to play, but most don't mind a soft stream of banter about fingering, chords, jokes, anything that keeps the fun but educational mood going. You're not neglecting to correct them, but, rather, are correcting them in the gentlest, most humorous way possible. A frightened child is impossible to teach.

Comedy And Simplification

I try to adopt the manner of the obedient English valet, correcting each error with the softest of semi-sarcastic velvet gloves. Laughter is extremely important. React to mistakes with humor and laughter. It is enough to make the child aware of the error, thus there is no need to humiliate them. If the music is too difficult, simplify it. There is always something to be learned.

Find The Comfort Zone

You have to find that place where the child feels at ease, for that is where you teach them the best. I try to find some aspect that they are good at, and concentrate and expand upon that. In fact, your whole approach to that particular child should be based on what they do well, only slowly moving into areas with which they have difficulty. Find what they can do easily and build upon that.


Piano Teaching Style

If It’s Fun For The Teacher, It’s Fun For The Kids

Piano Methods and Children’s Personalities

The Backwards Piano Method

Reverse Psychology and Children’s Piano

Help Your Child Enjoy The Piano

Ten Rules for A Pleasant Piano Teaching Atmosphere

If You’re Having Fun, You’re Not Learning

The Difference Between the Worst and Best Piano Teacher

A Piano Teacher’s Emotions

A Pleasant Piano Lesson Atmosphere

The Use of Humor in Piano Lessons

Make Use of Your Student’s Sense of Humor

The Piano Whisperer

Fitting the Piano Method to the Child

Soft Piano vs. Hard Piano

Why I Teach Piano

Advice To A Young Piano Teacher

Teaching Children's Piano

Guilt Is The Wrong Way To Buy Attention

The Piano Teacher’s Tone of Voice

Knowing When To Back Off

Piano Candy: The Case For Bribery

Why Nagging Your Child To Practice Won’t Work

How To Make Your Kids Love The Piano

Teaching Kid’s Piano Is Like Herding Cats

Repeated Victory Will Make You Invincible

Ratio of Talk To Activity in Piano Lessons

On Which Side of the Piano Do You Teach?

Setting the Mood Of Children’s Piano Lessons

Why Kids Succeed At The Piano

Child Pianists Are Like Guide Dogs

The Purpose Of The First Five Piano Lessons

The Real Goal Of Children’s Piano Lessons

The Philosophy Of Piano For Kids

How Simple Should Piano Lessons Be?

Piano Toys You Should Bring To A Lesson

Fun Kid’s Piano

Joyful Piano Lessons

The Invisible Piano Method

A Patient Piano Teacher

Make Beginning Piano Simple

The Reverse Piano Method

Against Disciplinarian Piano Teachers

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