Studies have shown that if you weigh yourself each and every day you are more likely to lose weight than if you don’t partake in daily weigh-ins. Now I’m a piano educator, not a weight loss guru, but this seems to make sense. However… it also seems as though it may lead to obsessing over body image… but that’s a different topic for a different blogger!
What is important here, is that regular self-assessment equals desired results. And for piano teachers, the weight loss anecdote can, and will, pay dividends.
Piano Teachers Want More Students
So let’s work through a little something-something here! For many piano teachers the “desired result” from regular self-assessments would be more piano students. But simply assessing your student population (counting your students) at the end of every day is not going to increase your student population.
But there are assessments that can, and will, make a huge difference. Consider assessing your piano students’ completed pieces, exam results, or lesson enjoyment to name a few. Improvement in any one of these areas will likely lead to more students!
Let’s Talk Student Enjoyment
So this week, we invite you to begin assessing your piano students’ enjoyment. This is simply one area of assessment in which to begin. I‘m not saying it’s more or less important than the quality of completed pieces or exam performance… it’s simply a place to begin.
So, grab a shoebox! Tape it shut and cut a slit in the top so it’s looks like an old-fashioned ballot box (Pinterest it up if you want to go all fancy on us). Next, create some blank ballots. Good… your craftiness is done. Phew.
Now, after each and every lesson this week ask your piano student to rate their lesson enjoyment on a scale of 1 to 10, write it on a blank ballot, and plunk it in the box. The success of this particular assessment hinges on your students’ honesty, so give them every opportunity to feel comfortable in knowing that you will never know an individual student’s assessment. If you find your self raking in a mountain of 10’s after the first week, it may mean you should consider assessing a different factor. Then again, it also may mean you’re awesome!
At the end of the week, take out the ballots, add up the numbers, divide by the number of ballots and give yourself an “enjoyment score”. Adjust your teaching accordingly. Continue to do this week after week and I’ll bet your score gets higher and higher and higher.
I’ll also bet your studio starts to get bigger and bigger and bigger!
An Enjoyment Death Trap
If your enjoyment score is seriously suffering, no doubt theory is to blame! 🙂 I mean really, it’s almost not fair assessing enjoyment after a theory lesson. Unless, of course, you happen to use our newest resource, Pssst… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Theory. In that case, you’re probably off the charts!