How do we help our talented piano students excel in the classroom and find their rightful place?
As the world changes, many schools and education programmes are cutting music from the curriculum. Although I can understand some of the reasons – the annual cost of running a music department, shortage of music teachers, push on STEM subjects; in my personal opinion cutting music is a grave mistake.
During the last few years there has been a lot of conversations about how educators can avoid burn-out by using self-care strategies but in reality exhaustion, burn-out and stress have always been common place in education.
One of the areas needed to grow a music program is to understand the need to educate and communicate with the wider community about the excellent work you and your students are doing on a daily basis. But, very few colleges or universities teach music graduates how to successfully market their music programs or studios.
Delivering a music concert requires you to be focused on delivering the best creative performances as well as manage the logistics and smooth running of the event. In fact, when so many music teachers work alone, this is a massive amount of work by itself. So it is no wonder that we forget to plan what we are going to say until 5 minutes before the concert!
Every year, audiences all around the world sit in school halls to watch the annual winter concert. Yet very few people understand the massive commitment and workload that goes into present and creating school concerts.
Learning an instrument needs practice – no one would disagree with that. But, knowing how to practice effectively and efficiently to make good progress is a little more challenging.
Encouraging children to love music is easy but encouraging them to be brave and confident musicians is a skill to master.
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