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TC224: Helping Students Cope with Performance Anxiety with Noa Kageyama (archives)
Jan 15, 2021 1 hr 5 min

TC224: Helping Students Cope with Performance Anxiety with Noa Kageyama (archives)

Today, we’re taking an investigative look at the psychology behind performance anxiety, what creates it, and the things you can do leading up to a performance in order to perform more freely. Dr. Noa Kageyama, a leading performance psychologist and faculty member at The Juilliard School, joins us to talk about the factors that create performance stress and how to overcome it. This archive show originally aired in 2015. Transcript of the show about performance anxiety If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn tips on helping students improve performing results & reduce anxiety: Why teaching performing skills should be a part of your piano teaching Visualisation exercises you can do even with your youngest students How to turn off self-criticism when performing How you can help your students to focus during their performance What diaphragmatic breathing is and why you should be teaching it How to practice the lead up to a performance Links Mentioned Noa Kageyama A.K.A The Bulletproof Musician Website About our Guest Photo Credits for Noa Kageyama: Rosalie O’Connor Photography Instagram | Facebook Noa Kageyama is a performance psychologist and a part of the faculty of The Juilliard School. Thank you for tuning in! Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly. Today, we’re taking an investigative look at the psychology behind performance anxiety, what creates it, and the things you can do leading up to a performance in order to perform more freely. Dr. Noa Kageyama, a leading performance psychologist and faculty member at The Juilliard School, joins us to talk about the factors that create performance stress and how to overcome it. This archive show originally aired in 2015. Transcript of the show about performance anxiety If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn tips on helping students improve performing results & reduce anxiety: Why teaching performing skills should be a part of your piano teaching Visualisation exercises you can do even with your youngest students How to turn off self-criticism when performing How you can help your students to focus during their performance What diaphragmatic breathing is and why you should be teaching it How to practice the lead up to a performance Links Mentioned Noa Kageyama A.K.A The Bulletproof Musician Website About our Guest Photo Credits for Noa Kageyama: Rosalie O’Connor Photography Instagram | Facebook Noa Kageyama is a performance psychologist and a part of the faculty of The Juilliard School. Thank you for tuning in!
TC223: Is “Practice” killing your studio business? with Danny Thompson (archives)
Jan 08, 2021 39 min

TC223: Is “Practice” killing your studio business? with Danny Thompson (archives)

Practice and music lessons: they go hand in hand. But what if your students are quietly quitting over it? Danny Thompson unpacks this hot topic on this show today from our archives. Find out why Danny’s approach from the beginning is not about emphasizing practice and what he says to new families instead to get them hooked on music. Transcript of the show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about practice and motivation: Why Danny is changing the practice expectation in his studio What it can do when you remove the homework discussion from lessons Why it’s so hard to change our thinking and habits in this area How we can inspire students to want to practise The impact of the coolness and likeability factor on retention How this comes across in Danny’s communication and website Go Further: Take Danny’s 7 Levers of Business Course To learn more growth strategy for your studio, take Danny’s short course on the 7 Levers of the Music Business in TopMusicPro Evolution level. It covers everything from traffic to conversions, and how to grow leverage profit margins. Links Mentioned No Book Beginners lesson plans Punk Rock Business School Podcast The Music Factory About our Guest Danny Thompson is an award-winning podcast producer, professional drummer, and small business owner. Thank you for tuning in! Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly. Practice and music lessons: they go hand in hand. But what if your students are quietly quitting over it? Danny Thompson unpacks this hot topic on this show today from our archives. Find out why Danny’s approach from the beginning is not about emphasizing practice and what he says to new families instead to get them hooked on music. Transcript of the show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about practice and motivation: Why Danny is changing the practice expectation in his studio What it can do when you remove the homework discussion from lessons Why it’s so hard to change our thinking and habits in this area How we can inspire students to want to practise The impact of the coolness and likeability factor on retention How this comes across in Danny’s communication and website Go Further: Take Danny’s 7 Levers of Business Course To learn more growth strategy for your studio, take Danny’s short course on the 7 Levers of the Music Business in TopMusicPro Evolution level. It covers everything from traffic to conversions, and how to grow leverage profit margins. Links Mentioned No Book Beginners lesson plans
TC222: How Teaching Beginners with No Books Revolutionised Georgina’s studio (archives)
Jan 01, 2021 46 min

TC222: How Teaching Beginners with No Books Revolutionised Georgina’s studio (archives)

Find out what results this teacher discovered when she set aside standard method book options and started students with a no-books beginner approach instead, in this favourite show from our archives. When I published the No Book Beginners framework I hoped it would give teachers the confidence to teach more creatively, and that’s exactly what it’s done for Georgina Jordan. Georgina is a piano teacher in the UK who had a quite traditional music education and was highly motivated to add creativity into her lessons. She joined TopMusic Pro, started teaching beginners with the No Book Beginners framework and it’s opened up a whole new world. Georgina has really taken my ideas, run with them and made them her own. I’m so excited to share her story with you in this episode. Transcript of the show about teaching beginners with no books If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how teaching beginners without books revolutionised Georgina’s studio: Why Georgina joined the TopMusicPro (formerly Inner Circle) How having a community helps a new teacher How Georgina uses the No Book Beginners framework in her studio Which students this is a good approach for How to expand on the story-based ideas in No Book Beginners Why this approach is so valuable for her students Links Mentioned Piano Safari Practising the Piano About our Guest Georgina is a pianist, teacher, and photographer based in the UK. As a TopMusic Pro member, she started teaching beginners with the No Book Beginners framework and it’s opened up a whole new world. Thank you for tuning in! Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly. Find out what results this teacher discovered when she set aside standard method book options and started students with a no-books beginner approach instead, in this favourite show from our archives. When I published the No Book Beginners framework I hoped it would give teachers the confidence to teach more creatively, and that’s exactly what it’s done for Georgina Jordan. Georgina is a piano teacher in the UK who had a quite traditional music education and was highly motivated to add creativity into her lessons. She joined TopMusic Pro, started teaching beginners with the No Book Beginners framework and it’s opened up a whole new world. Georgina has really taken my ideas, run with them and made them her own. I’m so excited to share her story with you in this episode. Transcript of the show about teaching beginners with no books If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how teaching beginners without books revolutionised Georgina’s studio: Why Georgina joined the TopMusicPro (formerly Inner Circle) How having a community helps a new teacher How Georgina uses the No Book Beginners framework in her studio Which students this is a good approach for How to expand on the story-based ideas in No Book Beginners Why this approach is so valuable for her students Links Mentioned
TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino
Dec 18, 2020 1 hr 5 min

TC221: From the archives – Best of Nick Ambrosino

In this favourite episode from our archives, author Nick Ambrosino joins us to talk about how to reframe your teaching viewpoint to experience more joy and less burnout. As teachers, we want to see motivated students pursuing their goals with an ownership attitude — but how do you make the switch? Listen to Nick’s powerful thoughts as he explains the reason he wrote two best-selling story-based books with life-changing advice for teachers. Transcript of the show with Nick Ambrosino If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about Nick’s perspective for revitalizing your teaching: Why you should start thinking of yourself as a facilitator, not a teacher Using compliments wisely How to start each lesson right Why you should exchange buts for ands in your comments after a student’s performances How Nick applies “Goldilocks” to piano practice Why you should think about getting your students to write their own assignment notes How teaching piano is similar to sanding wood Links Mentioned NickAmbrosino.com Coffe with Ray Lessons with Matt About our Guest Teachers turn to Nick Ambrosino to learn how to become master motivators who nurture their students to exceptional levels of achievement and accountability while reigniting their own passions as professional educators and gaining a sense of fulfillment. As a learning specialist, coach, and speaker, Nick is renowned for his work on creating growth in accountability, self-motivation, and self-esteem. Nick is currently working on a screen play and a book on relationships. Thank you for tuning in! Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly. In this favourite episode from our archives, author Nick Ambrosino joins us to talk about how to reframe your teaching viewpoint to experience more joy and less burnout. As teachers, we want to see motivated students pursuing their goals with an ownership attitude — but how do you make the switch? Listen to Nick’s powerful thoughts as he explains the reason he wrote two best-selling story-based books with life-changing advice for teachers. Transcript of the show with Nick Ambrosino If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about Nick’s perspective for revitalizing your teaching: Why you should start thinking of yourself as a facilitator, not a teacher Using compliments wisely How to start each lesson right Why you should exchange buts for ands in your comments after a student’s performances How Nick applies “Goldilocks” to piano practice Why you should think about getting your students to write their own assignment notes<br /...
TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey
Dec 11, 2020 46 min

TC220: Jazz Perspectives with Composer Kerin Bailey

In today’s episode, we’re speaking with one of Australia’s most-loved composers, Kerin Bailey. Kerin shares his musical background, influence of jazz music, and thoughts about effective ways to teach jazz skills and chord progressions to students. We’ll also hear Kerin demonstrate on the piano from his improv system for teaching, and give you some takeaways for your own students. Transcript of the show about composer Kerin Bailey If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about Kerin’s compositional works and improv system: [03:27] Kerin Bailey performance [05:20] Jazzin’ Around, his most well-known piano series and his compositions for other instruments [07:00] The instrument he most enjoys composing for [08:15] Exploring orchestral writing [09:08] Kerin’s musical background and multi-instrument studies [10:34] Learning how to read lead sheets [13:24] Emergence as a composer [16:20] More on educational influences [20:48] Focus on jazz composition [24:17] Self-publishing [26:16] Other music for piano that he has published [27:52] His most recent composition, Drowsy Bees and Butterflies [30:26] Learn tips from Kerin’s improv system Links Mentioned Kerin Bailey Website About our Guest Kerin Bailey is one of Australia’s best-loved composers. He commenced piano lessons at age 7 and his interest in jazz dates from that time. He began playing for local dances and concerts at 11; a key element in developing his improvisational skills. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours Degree in Music majoring in Classical Piano Performance. Trumpet was his study as a second instrument and later, flute and violin. Since then, he has enjoyed a varied career in music including eight years as a music lecturer with TAFE, contracts with the University of South Australia and continues to be in-demand as a professional musician, composer, speaker and teacher. Thank you for tuning in! Consider implementing the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. If you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. Stay updated by subscribing to this show, and get automatic delivery to your device every time a new episode goes live! We publish on Fridays weekly. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with one of Australia’s most-loved composers, Kerin Bailey. Kerin shares his musical background, influence of jazz music, and thoughts about effective ways to teach jazz skills and chord progressions to students. We’ll also hear Kerin demonstrate on the piano from his improv system for teaching, and give you some takeaways for your own students. Transcript of the show about composer Kerin Bailey If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn about Kerin’s compositional works and improv system: [03:27] Kerin Bailey performance [05:20] Jazzin’ Around, his most well-known piano series and his compositions for other instruments [07:00] The instrument he most enjoys composing for [08:15] Exploring orchestral writing [09:08] Kerin’s musical background and multi-instrument studies [10:34] Learning how to read lead sheets [13:24] Emergence as a composer [16:20] More on educational influences [20:48] Focus on jazz composition
TC219: Pro Piano Skills for Teen Students with Carol Matz
Dec 04, 2020 46 min

TC219: Pro Piano Skills for Teen Students with Carol Matz

Carol Matz joins us on the show today to talk about Pro Piano skills and specifically why older and teen students need and want them. Her Interactive Piano method helps your students learn how to “strum” chords, play along with lead sheets, and develop real-world musicianship skills like composing or improvising. If you’re looking to make music study more relevant, more social, and more “sticky” for the often-busy older students, try the top 5 tips about teaching these Pro piano skills from books 3 and 4 of her method series. Transcript of the show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how to teach pro piano skills [03:37] Where Pro Piano Skills fit into Carol’s incredible books and method. [05:07] Using books 3 & 4 of the Interactive Piano method for older or teen students [06:13] Skills Carol has highlighted in the book [13:59] Helping non-traditional music learners excel and find success [15:40] A peek into the 1 activity each for the 5 steps of Pro Piano Skills [32:04] Improv vs. composing [35:55] The book sequencing and how you can best use it [41:44] Using Pro Piano Skills with online lessons Links Mentioned Carol Matz Interactive Piano method website About our Guest Carol Matz has composed, authored and arranged over 300 published titles for piano students. She’s an experienced piano teacher and has presented numerous piano teaching workshops throughout the United States, Canada, England, New Zealand and Australia. She is very well known for her Famous & Fun Series. Carol studied composition, arranging and orchestration at the University of Miami and has written for a variety of ensembles including orchestra, jazz big band, brass quintet and string quartet. Her work includes studio arrangements for a number of artists in the Miami area recording studios and of course, her own incredible Interactive Piano Method. Thank you for tuning in! I encourage you to implement the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. And if you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. I do read every single review personally, too! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. Carol Matz joins us on the show today to talk about Pro Piano skills and specifically why older and teen students need and want them. Her Interactive Piano method helps your students learn how to “strum” chords, play along with lead sheets, and develop real-world musicianship skills like composing or improvising. If you’re looking to make music study more relevant, more social, and more “sticky” for the often-busy older students, try the top 5 tips about teaching these Pro piano skills from books 3 and 4 of her method series. Transcript of the show If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how to teach pro piano skills [03:37] Where Pro Piano Skills fit into Carol’s incredible books and method. [05:07] Using books 3 & 4 of the Interactive Piano method for older or teen students [06:13] Skills Carol has highlighted in the book [13:59] Helping non-traditional music learners excel and find success [15:40] A peek into the 1 activity each for the 5 steps of Pro Piano Skills [32:04] Improv vs. composing
TC218: Emotive Repertoire for Teens and Adults from Movies & New Age
Nov 27, 2020 38 min

TC218: Emotive Repertoire for Teens and Adults from Movies & New Age

In this episode, find 20+ emotive teen piano repertoire picks that appeal to older or adult students, complete with play-through demos. Teen and adult students require extra repertoire planning, because you’re not often teaching from a method book, but finding specific pieces that appeal to their unique tastes. They often gravitate toward darker, moodier, rich, chordal-based music with repetitive lines. We’ll look at themes from movies and popular new-age style composers, from Yiruma to Einaudi, in this episode, (and save you some time playing through them all yourself!) Transcript of the show about emotive repertoire for teens If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll hear our 20+ emotive teen repertoire picks All of Me – Piano Guys Comptine d’un autre ete – Amelie theme Cristofori’s Dream – David Lanz Forrest Gump theme (in Piano for Leisure series book) Glasgow theme from Love, Actually Kiss the Rain, and A River Flows in You – Yiruma Primavera – Einaudi Gymnopedie no. 1 – Satie Le Onde “The Waves” – Ludovico Einaudi Nuvole Bianche “The Clouds” – from Insidious – Einaudi Schindler’s List theme Song for Guy – Elton John The Heart Asks Pleasure First and Big My Secret – Michael Nyman from The Piano American Beauty theme – John Williams St. Elmo’s Fire theme Summer of ’42 theme Tubular Bells from The Exorcist Metamorphosis works – Philip Glass Chariots of Fire theme In My Place; Atlas; Fix You – Coldplay Sponsor Links Mentioned Repertoire Rap page Thank you for tuning in! I encourage you to implement the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice, if it’s inspired you. And if you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. I do read every single one review personally, too! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. In this episode, find 20+ emotive teen piano repertoire picks that appeal to older or adult students, complete with play-through demos. Teen and adult students require extra repertoire planning, because you’re not often teaching from a method book, but finding specific pieces that appeal to their unique tastes. They often gravitate toward darker, moodier, rich, chordal-based music with repetitive lines. We’ll look at themes from movies and popular new-age style composers, from Yiruma to Einaudi, in this episode, (and save you some time playing through them all yourself!) Transcript of the show about emotive repertoire for teens If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll hear our 20+ emotive teen repertoire picks All of Me – Piano Guys Comptine d’un autre ete – Amelie theme Cristofori’s Dream – David Lanz Forrest Gump theme (in Piano for Leisure series book) Glasgow theme from Love, Actually Kiss the Rain, and A River Flows in You – Yiruma Primavera – Einaudi Gymnopedie no. 1 – Satie Le Onde “The Waves” – Ludovico Einaudi Nuvole Bianche “The Clouds” – from Insidious – Einaudi
TC217: Penelope Roskell’s Top Tips for a Healthy Technique
Nov 20, 2020 39 min

TC217: Penelope Roskell’s Top Tips for a Healthy Technique

Learn about success tips for teaching a beautifully healthy technique for all students. Today, we’ve invited the UK’s foremost specialist in technique, Penelope Roskell, to talk about playing freely, utilising whole body/whole person teaching approaches. On the podcast today, Penelope talks about her book, The Complete Pianist: from Healthy Technique to Natural Artistry. Her book covers all aspects of piano technique for teachers, students and pianists of all levels to learn from. Transcript of the show about healthy technique tips: If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn more about teaching healthy technique to students. [04:47] Penelope’s teaching background. [06:37] Remarks on online classes with advanced students. [07:14] Background teaching story [08:40] Piano teaching has evolved in the past decade [11:00] Going about the right way of teaching piano technique. [13:07] Penelope’s purpose behind writing this book [17:02] Various ways to utilise this guidebook [18:25] Finding solutions for common technique problems [19:08] Incorporating videos in the book’s lessons and explanations. [21:12] Main book sections [24:49] Talking about her favourite parts [27:15] Penelope talks about common mistakes in teaching approches [32:00] Example: detached playing versus playing legato too soon. [34:52] Where to find Penelope, her book, and the courses & workshops she offers. Links Mentioned Penelope Roskell Website About our Guest Penelope Roskell is an international pianist and Professor of Piano and Pedagogy at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. She is the author of The Complete Pianist, from healthy technique to natural artistry and of The Art of Piano Fingering. She is also the foremost UK specialist in helping pianists prevent and recover from injury. Today’s Sponsor Thank you for tuning in! I encourage you to implement the ideas from this podcast by writing several actionable steps for your teaching practice if it’s inspired you. And if you enjoyed today’s show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, which helps other teachers find our show. I do read every single one review personally, too! Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. Learn about success tips for teaching a beautifully healthy technique for all students. Today, we’ve invited the UK’s foremost specialist in technique, Penelope Roskell, to talk about playing freely, utilising whole body/whole person teaching approaches. On the podcast today, Penelope talks about her book, The Complete Pianist: from Healthy Technique to Natural Artistry. Her book covers all aspects of piano technique for teachers, students and pianists of all levels to learn from. Transcript of the show about healthy technique tips: If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn more about teaching healthy technique to students. [04:47] Penelope’s teaching background. [06:37] Remarks on online classes with advanced students. [07:14] Background teaching story [08:40] Piano teaching has evolved in the past decade [11:00] Going about the right way of teaching piano technique. [13:07] Penelope’s purpose behind writing this book [17:02] Various ways to utilise this guidebook [18:25] Finding solutions for common technique problems <...
TC216: Teaching Gamified Sight Reading with Percussionist Nathan Petitpas
Nov 13, 2020 1 hr 5 min

TC216: Teaching Gamified Sight Reading with Percussionist Nathan Petitpas

In today’s episode, we unpack Nathan Petitpas’ sight-reading resource called Dots and Beams. Nathan is a percussionist, drummer, composer and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Understand how this versatile resource works and how different it is from the rest. Nathan shows us how we can use this in our lessons by putting me under the pressure of doing some live sight-reading and rhythmic & melodic exercises. We use excerpts from his book, which you can download here before listening to the show you can follow along on the exercises we try. Transcript of the show about teaching sight reading If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll get a glimpse of teaching sight reading the gamified way: [04:04] Tim shares about his experience about playing percussion. [05:57] Nathan’s current studio. [07:06] Teaching percussion online. [08:14] The story of how Tim came about interviewing Nathan. [09:18] Nathan tells us about his resource, Dots and Beams. [11:22] How his books are different from other sight-reading books. [18:35] Going through some sight reading exercises with Tim. [36:18] Instructions for teachers in the books. [38:28] Rhythm exercises. [49:08] Rhythm and Pitch Exercises. [57:10] Incorporating the sightreading exercises into your lessons. Links Mentioned TopMusicMarketplace: Dots & Beams TopMusicTeaching Facebook Group About our Guest Nathan Petitpas is a percussionist, drummer, composer and music educator based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As an educator, Nathan has taught drum set, percussion, Western music theory, composition and piano. He currently teaches private drum set and music theory lessons in his private studio as well as theory and percussion through the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Acadia University and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Toronto both with a concentration in Percussion Performance. Connect with Nathan at NathanPepitas.com Today’s Sponsor Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes or on my Facebook page. Reviews are extremely helpful when it comes to show’s ranking and you can bet that I read every single one of them personally. Lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, to get automatic updates every time a new episode goes live. In today’s episode, we unpack Nathan Petitpas’ sight-reading resource called Dots and Beams. Nathan is a percussionist, drummer,
TC215: Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus
Nov 06, 2020 51 min

TC215: Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus

Research-backed insights on piano student retention with Karen Gerelus 100 students will start piano lessons this year and 98 will quit before they reach proficiency. Learn the reasons why students quit piano and how to help! This episode features guest Karen Gerelus speaking on research-based insights about piano student retention. Transcript of the show about piano student retention If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below. In this episode, you’ll learn how extrinsic and intrinsic motivation affects piano student retention: [03:47] A short introduction on Karen and her studio. [05:58] Talking about her research work called Parting Ways with Piano Lessons – comparing motivation between continuing and dropout piano students. [08:17] Focusing on retention in her research. [11:46] Key factors for students quitting. [12:59] The impact of parents being in the music lesson. [15:16]Self-Determination Theory [19:30] Motivating kids externally at the start is okay. Hopefully, the intrinsic will take over. [22:27] Karen shares her own story on quitting and coming back to piano. [27:16] Explaining the quote “There is no relationship between practice time and motivation.” [28:15] Thoughts for teachers about practicing and having a tough-love stance, a hard stance on, or being relaxed about it. [32:42] Karen talks about what she found out about students dropping out because of the lack of popular repertoire. [37:57] The reason why teachers are often quite resistant to offering autonomy in musical choice in their lessons? [40:01] Giving students show-off pieces to boost their confidence and retain their interest. [42:05] Recommendations for bridging the gap between external motivation and internal self-motivation in students. [48:57] Karen talks about the most basic point of her research. Links Mentioned Hear related episodes about movitation: TopCast 122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1) TopCast 123: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 2) Karen’s research paper: Parting Ways with Piano Lessons: Products, Invoked Reasons, and Motivation Related to Piano Student Dropouts Research paper on Predictors of Student Dropouts About our Guest Karen Gerelus is a third-generation piano teacher and scholar whose work has been featured in prominent academic journals and pedagogy conferences. She holds a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy, several artist diplomas, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary where her research focuses on identity and motivation in piano students. Find her work at GerelusMusic.com. Today’s Sponsor Thank you for tuning in! In conclusion, there are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine. Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons! If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons on the left of the page. Also,
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