Dropping out of music lessons

Many scientific studies have shown how learning how to play a musical instrument improves a child’s personal and social development.   Music students tend to score higher in subjects such as math, and tend to be less disruptive in classes (see http://www.encoremusiclessons.com/benefits-of-music-education/success-in-school) However, student drop-out is often a reality.  Theresa Chen has an excellent blog postContinue reading “Dropping out of music lessons”

But I don’t like to practice….PART2!

Continued from the previous discussion on practicing… This blog focuses on the PARENT: 2. The Parents Although the teacher is the main motivating force, the student only sees the teacher once a week for 30-60 minutes at most.  It is impractical to assume the teacher alone will be the driving force for a student’s dailyContinue reading “But I don’t like to practice….PART2!”

But I don’t like to practice….!

How many times have parents heard that phrase, as they exasperatedly prod their child for what seems like the hundredth time in the day. Sometimes, as parents or teachers, we wonder why our child is not more grateful of all the time and money we have spend on their piano lessons.  Why they get boredContinue reading “But I don’t like to practice….!”