We all watch YouTube videos for guidance and inspiration. How to judge a video? Some are good but some are dreadful and misleading.
Good places to start.
We are who we listen to.
Question: Who should I listen to?
Don Grusin (paraphrased). "All the classical folks first... what you get from listening to them is a big goal to get to because they are so fluent with both hands. "
I would add the following. We want to hear beautiful sounds in our heads. What we hear inwardly is what we produce outwardly.
1. Preparing duets to play with other students
2. Preparing for a recital
3. Attending a Piano Guys concert
4. Playing music they’ve written themselves
5. Composing music for their friends to play
6. Joining a worship band
7. iPad music creation
8. Rewards -à puppy
9. Parental supervision
10. Parents taken up lessons themselves, making it a shared experience
11. Participating in music festivals, thus meeting new friends who play
12. Praise their genuine achievements
13. Tune the piano
14. Take the child to a youth orchestra concert to witness other children playing an elevated level
15. Let them earn a new instrument
16. Send them to summer music camp
17. Read the Tiger mom book
18. Get a new more enthusiastic teacher
19. Lower distractions to practice in the home
20. Give music lessons the same level of attention as sports and school homework
Reasons to practice Some kids just love to practice. But, most kids need a reason. Supplying uplifting and inspiring reasons keeps it from becoming a chore, or worse punishment.
Good weather has arrived, the birds are back, flowers are out, the sun is high in the sky. Human nature being what it is, new wonderful distractions present themselves. What to do?
Here are 10 ideas to recharge enthusiasm.
The bottom line? Get out there and experience something new this summer.
Further resources for Toronto: Whole note magazine.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.