Sometimes the problem does not lie so much in getting a student to the piano consistently to practice as it has to do with bad attitudes during practice time. Frustration is fairly common, especially in younger students. Thornton Cline shares some thoughts on managing anger (in particular) in his article Changing Anger to Respect: Love Your Piano and It Will Love You.
Notes with Nick
Nick Ambrosino shares more advice in his column Notes with Nick.
PRACTICIA The World's First Cloud Based Tool
Thanks to ever evolving technology, we have some new and unique options available to us today when it comes to monitoring practice sessions that have never been available before. Sam Rao has been working on a tool called PRACTICIA for several years now. If you haven't heard about this new tool, you will want to read Sam's article which describes all the many ways it can be used to monitor and enhance practice. With Practicia, a teacher has the option of actually listening to practice sessions that take place during the week. And that is just the tip of the iceburg. You can learn more by reading PRACTICIA The World's First Cloud Based Tool.
Review: The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano
Helping children with anger issues is a topic Thornton Cline knows a lot about. He has a new book out for children ages 4 - 8 called The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano which was written to help younger children deal with feelings of anger and frustration they may have while practicing. You can read a review of this book (including the response I got when I read it to several groups of preschool age children recently) in my Review: The Amazing Incredible Shrinking Piano.
Paralyzed by Fear: A Journey in Overcoming Performance Anxiety
One of the many reasons we want our students to practice is so they do well when it comes time to perform. But what if a student has performance anxiety? Do you feel equiped to help them? Janelle Laarakker has some thoughts on this topic in her article: Paralyzed by Fear: A Journey in Overcoming Performance Anxiety. I hope you find this as valuable to read as I did!
Let's Play! Help Your Students (and Yourself!)
Michael Katz has another idea to help you and your students improvise in his column Let's Play! Help Your Students (and Yourself!) Improvise. Improvising is not something I grew up doing and it has only been in the last few years that I started introducing this to my students. Michael has so many good ideas that make improvising accessible not only to students, but even to teachers who have never improvised before. I wish I had more time to focus on this in lessons with students but something is better than nothing!
10 Practice Tips You Can Share with Your Students
You will also find 10 Practice Tips You Can Share with Your Students in this issue. While some may be tips you have heard before, you may find new tips or tips you had forgotten about.