Music is relished by young and the old. Every student is different with diverse characteristics and temperaments. You need to be careful while handling them. A piano class could be fun initially but with time a student might bored with the same routine.
Hence, I have come up with some ideas and help my students enjoy the class while learning.
1. Bribe Them
Sounds weird but bribes work for everyone. Candies, jelly beans chocolates use whatever your student likes. I have a reward chart for my student and they deserved to earn a prize after they have achieved the goal.
This keep tracks of their progress like how quickly they pick up the lessons, preparing for the lessons on time and showing good behavior during the lessons.
2. Give Them Variety Of Music
Remember to make the student practice a lot of variety of music. Speak to them and find out what type of music interest them. Kids these days love jazz, rock, pop, etc. Think of whichever music is popular on charts. Keep the classical music practice going in between as that is the base of good music.
As I am the master in my field and I have the responsibility of teaching someone who doesn’t. As teachers we normally tend to look for mistakes when the kids are practicing, they might not be playing is perfectly but they are trying their best to do so.
You should quite often feel free to take off your critical hat these times and appreciate them. Praising works wonders and makes a child feel prized. Encourage them with positive comments time and again to keep them going.
4. "Jam" it
Not every student want to become a pianist yet they want to learn piano; the reason might just be their love for music. It becomes more difficult to keep such students going. You need to make the lessons fun and entertaining for them. There are many fun ideas which especially like doing a duet with them, they will love it if you “Jam” with them.
Sometimes you might find students who like music but dislike practicing. Let them prepare a recital is one of the best approach to see how quickly they advanced in that couple of months. Inspire them by praising them and telling them how much effort everyone’s recital was, take names so that other students are motivated to work hard for the next recital.
6. Music Apps
There are many apps online which you may find useful to and can implement them in your class. Learning music through these apps sound fun and the students will enjoy them. Once in a while forget the real piano, try the virtual one and have some fun with your student.
As a teacher I always keep coming up with new ideas to keep my students motivated. I am trying to teach them good music while having fun also. Talk to your students to know their views and how they feel while learning with you, they are the best people to give you an honest feedback about the activities happening in the class and if possible try implementing them in your sessions.
Ms Liew Hui Jie
A passionate full time piano teacher in Singapore, with great ideas about how to ensure that students start with learning, playing and finally loving the piano.