Don’t burn out while you plan out

If someone asked, "Are you obsessive about finding new ideas, methods, approaches & resources for your students?", I am guessing most of us would raise our hands. Now whether that was proudly or guiltily depends on whether planning is a source of stress.

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Behind Every Successful Piano Student …

One of the lessons I've learnt as a parent is that I need to be more stubborn than my kids. While I am being a bit facetious, one of the things that has helped us immensely as parents doing our best to ensure our boys have a clear role in our family along with consistent, well-defined tasks. Part of that is being more stubborn than our kids. I was reminded of this when I heard what I am dubbing as the 'best quote ever on piano parenting'.

In Praise of Incrementalism

We are getting into the 3rd month of a new school year & it's feeling ... well, not so new anymore. Routines are set (or not set depending on your point of view). The weather may be changing, but unfortunately it also tends to lead to dropping many of those awesome routines we have set in place back in September. Then, I listened to a podcast that go me thinking ... how can I help my students (& myself) stay motivated during a time of year that lends itself more to snuggling on the couch with a cup of tea & a good book, rather than sticking with our routines & goals?