It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or is it?
Christmas recitals are just around the corner.
Are you prepared?
Better question – Are your students prepared?
Many Christmas recital to-do-lists look like this –
- Purchase food and drinks
- Tune piano(s)
- Create and print programs
- Collect recital fees
- Remind parents of due dates and recital times
- Extra piano lessons (maybe make-up lessons) before recital
The list goes on and on!
It’s difficult to accomplish these things when there are so many other items on the list!
The most important item being one-on-one time with your students.
Many of you have expressed to me that the biggest problems you face in the lesson room include lack of practice and lack of enthusiasm.
Well, I’ve told you that PracticeHabits.co is a resource for you. A resource you can rely on for helpful tips and tricks when things get tough.
Things can get real tough around recital time.
Let me provide you with one super fantastic tip that’s helped me time and time again with my students around recital time.
Introducing – THE STUDENT OF THE MONTH.
It’s something so simple, yet so inspiring to your students!
They have an opportunity to work hard practicing and preparing for weekly lessons and important events such as recitals and in return their efforts they receive the prestigious STUDENT OF THE MONTH award!
Now, maybe you already have a similar program within your studio.
Consider reimagining it this Christmas recital season just to light a little fire in your student’s bellies ; )
What if you gave this prestigious award away to several students during the month of December and rewarded them at the end of the Christmas recital?
What an honor! What a message you’d be sending to all of your students and their families –
Practice is important. Engagement is important. Your student has worked really hard in these areas and deserves to be rewarded!
It helps light a fire in the bellies of your other students as well.
Now, I used to award a certificate as well as a special piece of music to my students of the month.
It was a win-win, really.
They received a gift for their hard work. That gift was a piece of music. The students loved practicing these pieces!
Love and practice in the same sentence? Wow, what a beautiful thing!
I want to give you something. An award that you can pass out to your students of the month.
Please accept this fun and inventive arrangement of Jingle Bells for the late-beginner to the early-intermediate piano student as a token of my gratitude for your support of the PracticeHabits.co community.
Now, maybe you’re in need of an excellent piece for the mid-late intermediate piano student. Well, check out my original composition That Fall Feeling. I know you and your students will enjoy it!
The next three weeks are going to be busy. Remember to take care of yourself and your family.
And as always, allow PracticeHabits.co to fill you up with inspiration in the form of great articles and music!