When I taught in a primary school, I received regular advertising from companies selling ‘motivational’ stickers in many shapes and sizes, together with personal progress cards and wall charts.  When I became a private music teacher I continued to use them with younger pupils.  These self-adhesive little bits of nothing contain a magic of their own…

Shiny stars, “Well Done” medals, “Good Effort” awards, “I’m a Star” badges – they all work wonders!  These days as a humble piano teacher I’ve reduced the wealth of my stock down to the bare minimum of coloured and gold stars.  Do well in your lesson – you’ll get a coloured star.  If you’ve tried really hard I might even let you choose which colour. Continue reading