Piano lessons for kids – We can’t just apply the same methodology as with adults / Why routine is so
We have been working with children since 2011, and our experience helped us reaching several conclusions.
First of all, children below 12 years old rely much more on the personal relationship they develop with their teacher than people above that age. The reason being: dependence on parenting. They still feel vulnerable and therefore, we need to create a teaching environment that feels stable, predictable and looks safe. This comfort zone can be achieved by keeping: a 1. regular slot, 2. a regular teacher and 3. a clear step-by-step programme that is easy to understand and to follow.
A regular slot guarantees your child takes lessons always with the same piano teacher. Believe it or not, this set-up on its own can facilitate children concentration dramatically. Young children use a lot of energy getting to know a person. Avoiding changes in this area contributes to the improvement of their learning performance. On the other hand, continuity can be at risk in those cases the teacher is unavailable to deliver sessions due to unforeseen circumstances. In the latter case and thanks to our unified teaching approach, a cover teacher will be automatically arranged to cover the session. Our cover teachers know everything about our students as they are a stable part of the team. They share the same teaching approach, they assist the same piano teacher’s training days and access the report system regularly as part of their daily activities.
Following a clear programme that takes into account: student home practising and learning style, is paramount to reach solid results. If we are taking a new student that has previously studied with a different professional, we will always ask how long did they take to prepare the previous examination. The answer to that questions sets the first milestone in the way to understand our candidate and it allows us to detect how much we progress after applying our house approach.