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Keys To A Successful Summer

For most of my students, the end of this week signifies the end of the school year and the beginning of summer break! A time to refresh, relax, and reload energies to take on another school year come late August.

So naturally, a lot of my students are not thrilled that they have been signed up for lessons throughout the summer, in between vacations and day camps. The question becomes, how do we make piano lessons and practice over the summer fun and not a drudgery? And of course, how do we press on with lessons on an irregular basis without moving backwards?

I think there is a significant key character factor here in which we as adults, whether parents or teachers, can work to develop in our children / students. That key character trait is discipline.

Discipline is not something that just appears when one is feeling motivated for the time being. Discipline is the ability to continue on in a task, and completing that task well, even when one is completely out of motivation.

I truly believe that the summer is one of the best opportunities to instill discipline of practice in our students, and I have a few tips on on how to make that happen.