Motivating music students - the FUN way!
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Piano students all have different wants and needs – not only according to their skill level, their musical interests, likes, dislikes, and unique personalities, but also according to their age. How you motivate children ages 3-8 will vary completely from how you would motivate a teenage piano student. The same goes for adult students. Every student is different and must be treated as an individual. The best way to find out what motivates anyone of any age is to ask them point blank what their likes and dislikes are, what they enjoy and do not enjoy, and what they personally would like to do or not to do as the case may be. Sometimes as teachers we think we know best since we have taught hundreds or even thousands of students for many, many years. That may or may not be the case and is not always helpful. More often than not, what worked for one student in the past, does not necessarily work for current students. This is because as times change, so do the overall interests of society and individuals. The students of today have different wants and needs than the students did only a few years ago. The same will be true for future generations. That, with the own individual identity and personality of each unique student, makes it difficult to teach any student the same way. Some students are visual learners and others can be auditory, kinesthetic, tactile, verbal, logical, social, or solitary in how they learn.
With that being said, however, there are several continuing motivators that inspire and motivate piano students according to their age. Some will work better with boys than girls, and vice versa, but here is a short list of ideas you can use to motivate younger children ages 3-8. Some of these may work with children who are a little older, but once children turn 8 or 9, they begin needing and wanting to be treated like an older, more capable individual. This is natural because they are learning and growing. As they improve and discover more about their strengths, weaknesses, and their own personal identity, I have found that these motivational techniques are not as effective as the students get older. Some of these techniques do work with older students and are just as effective in motivating students of all ages.
Here is a short list of ideas and ways to motivate children ages 3-8:
This is a short list to get you started. I will be coming out with a series of blog posts on tips and ideas to help motivate piano students of various ages where I give suggestions and ideas that piano teachers and parents can try to inspire their own piano students. I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions. There are so many wonderful ways to motivate and inspire others to play the piano and have fun learning as much as they can.
Please leave a comment or email me with ideas or suggestions you have that have worked for you in your piano studio. We’d love to know what works for specific age categories.
I hope you have a wonderful day today. Make it matter. Make it count. Live life deliberately, intentionally, and purposefully!
Smile all the while and BE HAPPY!
Have a Musical and Magical Day!
Thanks - Jerald
Music Mentor, Composer, Author
My name is Jerald Simon and I help teen and adult piano students learn to play piano the FUN way by teaching music theory, improvisation, and composition. I refer to these as Theory Therapy™, Innovative Improvisation™, and Creative Composition™. Within these three areas of musicianship, we focus on mastering Piano FUNdamentals (emphasis on the word FUN). My company is called Music Motivation® and we create COOL SONGS, Essential Piano Exercises, Piano FUNdamentals, video courses, weekly online group piano lessons, workshops, seminars, music books, albums, and so much more!
My goal is to help you learn how to play any style of music you want on the piano in any key – with or without music. I want students to learn and know how to read any piano music placed in front of them and play it as it is written. But I also teach you how to take any music and play it at least 100 different ways in any key and any genre or style you want from classical to new age, jazz, blues, rock, pop, ballads, country, etc.. I encourage students to take the music theory we learn in our weekly online group piano lessons and learn how to improvise, arrange, and compose music of their own. I help piano students discover their composer within.