Today we’re exploring a question that Trevor and I receive almost daily… a question that weighs heavily on the minds of piano teachers and most likely plays a role in almost every piano teaching decision we make. What is the question?
“How can I keep piano students from quitting?”
On today’s podcast we’ll tackle this question as we explore why kids quit and what we can do about it. Keep reading below and click on the podcast player at the bottom of the page to have a listen.
So Why Do Piano Students Quit?
Today’s podcast guest is Karen King. Karen is a piano teacher who has recently completed her masters degree. The topic of her thesis was focused on why piano students drop out of lessons. She’s here today to share her research on this topic and to give us some valuable insights into how we can improve our ability to retain piano students long-term. Listen in as we discuss:
- The average amount of time kids spend in lessons before dropping out
- Surprising findings about parental involvement at home
- The key differences between piano students who continue and those who who quit
- How offering choices in repertoire can improve your student retention
- How piano teachers can create an environment conducive to long-term motivation
Offering piano students a wide variety of repertoire choices can make a world of difference. And a great way to build a varied library of repertoire is with Teach Piano Today’s PianoBookClub… where subscribers receive a new piano book every month for just $8.