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Pupils Who Won’t Practise: A Matter Of Conscience

So your pupil arrives for their piano lesson. They sit and play what they have been working on, receive constructive  feedback, work on some important techniques with you and leave with some new challenges for the week ahead, confident in their progress, right? If only it were that easy… 

Pupils Who Won't Practise: A Matter Of Conscience

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I am pleased to say that almost all my weekly piano and keyboard pupils practise between their lessons. However, there are always some exceptions.

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You want to learn to play…what? (YouTube to the rescue!)

On occasions I ask people, “What song or piece would you like to be able to play on the piano?” Whether it’s a pupil I have been teaching for a while, a brand new starter or even someone who has never had a music lesson in their life, they almost always have an answer.  Most people have apparently thought about it before!  But when it comes to helping them reach their goal, their answers can be quite challenging…

Sometimes it might be a well-known (possibly classical) piece that is far beyond their skill level. If so, I have check to see if there is a published simplified arrangement. Continue reading

“Sorry, I can’t make it – again!” (People who cancel their music lessons)

About 10-20% of my regular lessons in a week end up being cancelled or rearranged for one reason or another.  Often my pupils give me plenty of notice, but there are always those who wait until the eleventh hour…

people who cancel their music lessons

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Quite soon after becoming a piano & keyboard teacher, I discovered that when pupils cancel a lesson at the last minute, it is almost impossible fill the slot with another pupil given such short notice.  This results in a loss of income for me, which left unchecked, can build up into a significant amount.   Continue reading

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