We’ve just released four barrier-busting piano games to PianoGameClub members (you can preview them below). If you have a “too cool” piano student and you’re a member (and even if you’re not), today’s post will show you how to bring students back from the brink with… FUN!
It always amazes me how much my piano students change over the summer. One of my favorite little kiddos, who used to come to piano lessons in cute “little house on the prairie” dresses and bows in her hair, returned to lesson this year wearing a plaid work shirt, torn jeans, and a florescent green fingerless glove (on one hand only).
She also brought a new attitude with her. Not necessarily a bad attitude, but certainly a “don’t try any of that kid stuff” attitude.
After allowing myself just a millisecond of shock, I proceeded… exactly… as usual.
The lesson started off a little unusually as her “older girl” persona held on for dear life. And I must say, she gave it a valiant effort…
until I pulled out “Hippo Flop”. And that was it. The giggly girl with a mile-wide smile officially returned to my studio.
Breaking Down Barriers With “Too Cool” Piano Students
I don’t care whether you are eight or eighty-eight… learning has to be fun! Me and my youngsters have a blast in piano lessons. And believe it or not, me and my tweens and teens also have a riot.
But every year there is always a student or two (around the age of 9 or 10) who suddenly becomes “too cool” for piano lessons. And when a piano student brings a “too cool” attitude they are nearly impossible to try to teach.
So, I switch my focus from trying to teach piano lessons, to trying to break down barriers. And once I break down the barriers we can get back to the nitty gritty of playing music.
Truth be told, it never takes long. There is not a person in the world who is ever too old to have a good time… there are simply people who think they are too old to have a good time.
When these people come to my studio, we get off the bench, pull out some piano games, and we both rediscover our inner child; because our inner child is the one most capable of learning.
So Here’s Your Magic Bullet For Breaking Down Barriers
Trevor and i have just released 4 new piano games to our PianoGameClub members that are serious barrier-busters.
If you click the image below you can see a preview of the four games we’re sending out this month covering concepts such as scale degrees, rhythmic recognition, key signatures and finger numbers. If you like what you see, hop on over to PianoGameClub to sign up. You’ll receive the set of four games immediately, plus you’ll get this kind of awesomeness delivered to your inbox each and every month to keep your kiddos excited and motivated no matter what the time of year!