“every pupil makes much greater progress when he plays all his lessons willingly and with satisfaction.”
As teachers, what can we do to help a student want to practice and to want to practice those pieces that they find less than fun? We all know that once the piece is learned the student will admit it wasn’t so bad and that they might have even liked it after all.
School starts this week here in Charlotte, NC and many piano teachers and other types of music teachers are starting back into their school year schedules. I think we should challenge ourselves to help a student understand why they are playing particular pieces or works. If the student can understand the reasoning they might be more willing to work through the problems to reach their next goal.