I realize there is a place for iPads, apps, computers, technology in general. The days of just teaching beside your acoustic piano are said to be fading away. What do we hear?...You need to have a studio with technology! You need to offer a computer lab! You need to use GarageBand and record all your students! You need to have an arsenal of apps and computer programs available so your students can learn! You need to stay up on things like ever other teacher around you!
Hmmm...I didn't learn with ANY of that. My teacher - the organist and choir director at my church growing up - sat beside the piano, gave me instruction, handed me a theory book to complete and expected me to practice during the week. Period. And yes, I learned to play the piano! And every day now that I sit down at my piano, I am reminded of her commitment to help me learn to play. It didn't hurt that I loved it and wanted to learn, but she still stuck with me through the highs and lows of my playing and motivation.
But, ALL of my students LOVE a board game or activity they can do with me or with each other. Hands down! What does that tell me? That technology is a tool - not a necessity!
I sit by the piano and give instruction. We play games and do activities away from the bench to encourage learning and to have fun! Learning to play the piano is work, so in my opinion, lessons should be fun. I create incentive programs, build a games library, run summer camps, do group lessons - mostly without technology and guess what?!
My students learn to play the piano...and play it well! I invest in them and like my own piano teacher, I help them find their motivation and stick with them through the highs and lows. I'm committed to helping them learn to play so that they will enjoy this skill for life.
And that is why I'm not stressing about technology. And why I'm committed to finding and creating games and activities that my students enjoy and that will help them learn to LOVE this magical world of music! That doesn't mean I'm not trying to improve those areas, certainly, but I want to keep it in perspective.
Which is also why I put together the camps I currently have for sale in my store.
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