What’s the correct ratio: 70% the teacher – 30% the parent? Or is it 50-50?
What’s the ratio you practice or would practice?
I’m having a dilemma.
Parents don’t want you to be harsh on their kids, you know, you gotta be fun, entertain, keep them interested, keep it light, WHILE also implementing discipline. I know it’s doable, but I don’t think it works on small children. If you break out THE FUN, they take your whole hand.
There’s a magical kind of balance that parents expect from teachers sometimes and they prefer not to interfere with that magic. They let you do all the work.
Be fun and convince the kid to practice for each piano lesson. I know so many great pianists and music teachers in general. They all hated to practice. And at that time they were probably all better than I was, they were more disciplined and practiced more, and still hated it…while having almost 10 music subjects a week in school.
How to convince a kid to practice the piano? A kid you see 1 hour a week.
Should I start a “practice app” and send parents texts reminding them to remind the kid to practice? Ding-ding-ding! PIANO!
All jokes aside, piano being optional for so many today, few parents are actually committed to make piano an important subject, it’s hard to request such commitment from a kid without being even a little afraid he’ll want to quit as soon as things get rough.
And things always get rough. If you’re not backed up by a parent’s authority, you’ve got nothing!