- Ask them to play for you and then praise them for the good (ignore the bad!)
- Talk about their piano playing with your friends while your child is in the room
- Encourage them to play for their friends that visit
- Encourage them to call or email me if they have questions or problems
- Ask them to play a piece that you enjoy from their lessons and then sit and listen to them with all your attention on them
- Encourage the rest of the family to sit and listen and praise them also
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Your child has a lot of demands for his attention. We don’t want one of them to be his/her stomach. Plan on giving your child a nutritious snack (NO SUGAR!) before the lesson or before practice sessions so that they can concentrate fully on learning. Junk food will not help their piano playing unless they are learning a spastic piece! If your child requires carbs due to low blood sugar, make sure that they have it before the lesson or practice as well. You know your child’s body better than I do. Do what their bodies need before the lesson so that we don’t have to push so hard to maintain the focus needed to learn this new skill. Your child and I will thank you for it!
Friday, May 7, 2010
A wonderful birthday or Christmas gift would be a cushion for the hard wooden bench they have to sit on everyday. For those crafty moms who have lots of time, why not make one? For the rest of us, Friendship House has some nice options here: http://www.friendshiphouse.com/product/product_view.aspx?UID=927046C6-1A07-406B-BFB5-6D1E04E1BAA8 for about $62 in lots of colors.