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Piano Lessons: Peery Essential Habits Level One: Parent Involvement

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For
students using the Peery method that are
between the ages of five and
eight, it's really important that they
have a practice partner that
will do the curriculum along with them.
Because the Peery method is so specific
and disciplined, it's really important
that they have, each student has a
practice partner, which can be a parent,
follow along with the lessons, watch the
videos, and supervise the practice.
Depending on how young the student is,
it correlates with more practice partner
involvement.
So if the student is five,
the practice partner will need to watch
all the videos and lessons.
But also practice with the student every
day, for every practice session.
At age six, you could practice with your
student maybe four out of
the five days and let the student practice
alone for one of the five.
By the time they get to be seven or eight,
it's really important that the practice
partner is there for the first, first day,
one or two days, to make sure that the
student is on the right track, so
that they're not spending a lot of time
repeating things incorrectly.
So again, you'd watch the lessons with
them and then for the first few days of
practice, you'd make sure that they're
learning the new assignments correctly.
And then let them practice on their own by
the last three days.
Once they get to be, about, in sixth
grade, so, around age, 10 or
11, it's important that, as a practice
partner or as a parent,
you remain really supportive of the
student, meaning you give them a dedicated
place to practice, you make sure that it's
a quiet spot in the home and
set aside time for them to be able to do
their practice and reach their goals.
But you want to let them do as much of
the,
as much of the curriculum as they can on
their own.
It's important by the time they reach, you
know, junior high school and
high school that they really are doing it
for themselves and that they get to do
that by themselves, so that it becomes
something that they're doing on their own.
And if they have questions, of course,
they can video me or ask you.
But it's important that the parents'
involvement becomes just as more of
a support rather than really hanging over
and watching every step.
They like to form a relationship with
music on their own.
So, please, for the young students, the
practice partner is essential.
A five year old will not be able to go
through this curriculum on their own.
But as the child gets older, it's also
important that you step back and
let them form a relationship with music on
their own.
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