If there was ever a TeachPianoToday podcast that you should share… it’s this one. Today we’re speaking with the brilliant Dr. Christopher Fisher, Associate Professor of piano at Ohio University, and we’re talking about effective parental involvement in piano education.
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Listen in as Dr. Fisher shares his absolute expertise on the astounding benefits enjoyed by children who have actively-involved parents, how to engage, educate and encourage piano parents to be an effective and active participant in their child’s piano lessons and why fun and hard-work don’t have to be enemies.
We also discuss his take on over-scheduled piano students and why it is preventing children from reaching excellence, why allowing children to make the decision of whether or not they quit piano lessons is damaging, and how and when to use praise for the best results (you may be surprised by this research).
There is no doubt that you have observed the trends Dr. Fisher discusses… and you’ve likely wondered if there is anything you can do about it. I know you’ll be standing with your arms in the air shouting “hallelujah!” as you listen to Dr. Fisher’s words!
The resources that were mentioned in the podcast can be found at the links below.
The Child as Musician by Dr. Gary McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2006)
“Parental and Personality Factors That Predict Students’ Length of Piano Study”, Dr. Theresa Camilli, (University of Oklahoma, 2010)
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Teaching Piano in Groups by Dr. Christopher Fisher
Taking The First Steps Towards Change
I was so inspired by Dr. Fisher’s words; as I know you will be too after listening. So what can we do first? Follow his suggestion of the “3 E’s”; Engage, Educate and Encourage. Consider hosting “Piano Parent Training Workshops” as do Dr. Fisher and his wife, make your attention to piano parent education just as important as piano student education and spend lots of time encouraging your piano parents to continue their commitment to helping their child in the most effective ways.
Dr. Fisher mentioned how much he likes the activities in our book “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Practice”. If you’re looking for inventive ways of helping parents to be active participants in home practice, be sure to check it (and it’s theory companion) out to get an easy start on positive change in your piano teaching studio.