Doom, Gloom and Zoom
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Doom, Gloom and Zoom

Me, the week before last: “I DREAD online teaching!” Me, last week: “I HATE online teaching!” Me, this week: “I LOVE online teaching!” Me, all of those weeks: “I’m EXHAUSTED.”

So, it has been rather a roller coaster ride. And every single piano I teacher I know is taking this ride along with me.

The Motivation Matrix
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The Motivation Matrix

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably read many blogs on motivation. Most of them deal with how to motivate our students, our children, ourselves – and it’s usually about positive, intrinsic motivation. But motivation can actually be negative, or at least result in negatively engaged students/children/self. In this blog I am going to simplify […]

The Progress Matrix: Making Parents Responsible
General, Piano Lessons

The Progress Matrix: Making Parents Responsible

I am a member of several piano teacher groups on Facebook. To me it seems that the conversation that comes up most often is on how to retain students who don’t practice. There are rants about the schedules that don’t permit enough practice time, the parents who expect everything to be fun and easy, the arguing between parent and student at home (and sometimes between student and teacher in the lesson!) and the expectations from all that are rarely met.