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Parents attending lessons: rewards and challenges

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Why would teachers want to encourage parents to attend lessons? Although some teachers—Suzuki, Yamaha, or preschool, for example—routinely invite parents, not all music teachers find that children or their guardians benefit from a shared experience. The following is an overview of some of the rewards and challenges of parental attendance at lessons...
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Views: How do you help to make your students' lessons more relevant to their lives?

from the series: The World Around Us: News and Views​ Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Becoming familiar with our students' favorite movies, books , and activities provides a wealth of context in teaching. I believe that good teaching is comparable to good parenting. I can't think of a better way to capture stu...
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Can playing deficiencies in returning adult students be corrected without demoralizing them?

This question implies a great deal of negativity because it includes the words deficiencies and demoralizing. Our writers for this issue have realistically addressed this question and have provided some extremely positive suggestions. We welcome your additional comments on this topic. Please write to me in care of Keyboard Companion. Reme...
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How do you manage the time and commitment for piano study and practice?

​In today's world of busy schedules, working parents, and children involved in a wide array of activities outside of school, piano teachers are more and more frequently confronted by the dilemmas of scheduling their students' lessons, of being flexible enough to meet the needs of parents and students, and of requiring adequate practice time for ste...
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