Motivating Young Students

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Q: How do you keep a young student motivated to practice?

—by Stephanie Curicio, Julietta Rabens, and Megan Stout

Stephanie Curcio is a teacher, composer, arranger, and publisher.

Stephanie Curcio is a teacher, composer, arranger, and publisher.

Children need a practice partner. You cannot simply set up a schedule, tell a child it is time to practice and expect them to know or remember what to do. Practice habits are learned over time and need patient guidance as they develop. Thus, I ask whoever will be available to partner with the child on a daily basis, to attend and observe lessons. Sometimes I work with the partner alone so they can be better helpers. Gradually, that parent or partner will be able to withdraw as the child becomes more independent and secure.

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