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When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying!
It was the rock band KISS.
It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like rock stars, slinging a guitar down at my knees with long hair blowing in the wind.
But I was an awkward, geeky, and lonely kid with thick glasses. And it was too late, wasn’t it? Didn’t anyone who became famous start when they were four years old?
So, I just consumed the music, learning the history of rock from the library books,
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I’ve been talking to a lot of music teachers all over the world. A common complaint is that there’s “too many distractions” in students lives nowadays. They blame the Internet, or the video games, or soccer or Instagram or other social media.
In my 8 years of running my kid-focused music studio, I have rarely experienced anyone quitting due to distractions or other things. Maybe it’s because I interview the parents and make them know what the expectations are. Maybe because I charge more than a lot of other teachers.
What I think it really is, is having a plan. Having a clear plan of what to teach each and every child every lesson.
Because I focus on such young children starting at 3 1/2 or 4,
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When learning any new skill or endeavor, creating a rhythm of daily practice is the most important. Why? By having the same pattern everyday, you create a habit and that’s hard to break – even when you don’t feel like it. Think about brushing your teeth. Because you started this routine every morning since you were little, you now have this habit – a good one – that you don’t even have to think about it. It’s the same with learning piano.
If you just find a time of day when you can practice even just 5 to 10 minutes, then this routine becomes a habit. My son, who is now 10, started this routine with me when he was 5. He’s always been an early riser and so mornings are the best for him to practice.
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