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Offline TicTacDuck

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Practice! Who needs practice?
« on: March 25, 2003, 02:30:44 AM »
Hello everyone! Right now I'm teaching a 9 year old using the Faber and Faber primer level. She's a sweetheart and had her mom not said anything I would think she was progressing well, however, her mother has informed me that she only practices 10 minutes per week. This week I made a deal with her about practicing and if she practices than she gets to play a duet with me. She's a pretty talented musician but she needs to practice so I can advance her, etc. What are soem motivations you use for beginning students? Any tips, ideas?

Offline MzrtMusic

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Re: Practice! Who needs practice?
«Reply #1 on: March 25, 2003, 03:35:14 AM »
there is a GREAT site for teachers that I recently found... It's www.practicespot.com and it has articles, and online resources for theory, etc. You can even build a website for your studio with a personal page for each student! There were several articles on the page that talked about how to get children to practice!


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Offline glamfolk

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Re: Practice! Who needs practice?
«Reply #2 on: April 02, 2003, 10:31:43 PM »
Some kids don't need that much practice (don't tell the parents that).  If she plays well, then I say no problem.  Try giving her more songs. Try a "project song" that's above her ability level, and try to work a little at it each week, supplemental to lessons.