Encouraging students to hope and encouraging students to struggle for what they hope for.

I’ve recently listened to a video of Brene Brown speaking at the “Up Experience 2011”. The catch phrase she used repeatedly was “hope is a function of struggle”. People who have high levels of hope set goals, they set pathways on how they can acheive these goals and they believe they can do it. Interestingly, these people who have the highest levels of hope also have the most experiences of failure. She thens talks about the experience of a swimming coach who used the thumbs down sign until, after many goes, the child could do it, and got the thumbs up! “This moment” she said, “is a gift”! (Watch the video from 8:30)

What do you think if a school, or music studio, had the slogan that “You can’t give your child everything”? Would parents be attracted to that?

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Technology and piano teaching

Using technology seems to be a huge part of our society and using it in teaching piano and music seems to be becoming more and more important. I do use You Tube as a teaching tool to demonstrate how different artists interpret music. Access to this is invaluable. If I didn’t have this I would be none the wiser as to how these unfamiliar pieces sound. I spend quite a lot of time searching the internet to find suitable pieces for my students and You Tube helps me out a great deal. If you want to read about how other teachers use technology look at this from Tim Topham’s website:

timtopham.com

Go to the “technology” tab. Tim is a well-respected teacher, presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne. I was privileged to hear him speak at the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Toowoomba Qld last year. I am beginning to learn more teaching strategies and ideas by reading his blog. Incidently he was one of the first teachers to champion the “40 Piece Challenge”.

Piano Challenge for 2014

Hi. It’s been a while since I’ve been on. It’s holiday time now so it’s a good time to start blogging.
This year I’m hoping to encourage some of my piano students to take up the “40 Piece Challenge”. Basically students aim to learn 40 pieces in one year – that’s one piece for every school week. Of course the pieces set won’t all be of a high difficulty – at least one will be something a student could sightread and learn well within one week. Read more about this at   http://www.40piecechallenge.com.au
I think this is a great idea for non-exam students to give them something to aim for and to improve their sightreading and widen their repertoire. I even think this would be good for some exam students – they could take a bit of time off from doing only exam pieces and explore a much wider range of music. (Although they would probably have to delay sitting their exam a little.) I think this “40 Piece Challenge” is such a wonderful idea. I’ll let you know later how it’s going.

Introducing myself

Hi, I am a piano teacher looking at ways to promote my business in the Lockyer Valley (Queensland, Australia). I teach children from 5 years to adults. I’m a registered teacher and have an A.Mus.A in piano. I’ve been teaching piano for over 25 years now.

Hope to hear from some of you in cyberland.

Marie