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[MUSIC]
Okay.
So let's talk about practicing.
Really practicing is the key.
And a lot of reasons why piano lessons
fail is because a piano practice
schedule is not set up right from the
beginning.
You have to dedicate time in your schedule
everyday to practice.
And that, I understand that things can
happen and schedules can get disrupted,
but if in general you can sit down and
figure out what five days you're gonna
practice and exactly when, that's the
greatest tip I can give you.
So make sure that you set up, we're trying
for five days of practice.
Now, if your child's five years old,
they'll probably be able to pay
attention for about ten to 15 minutes, so
that's how
long the really focused where the, where
the improving practice is going to occur.
So, you also have to know your child and
how they react.
Like, in the practicals assignments, is,
is that what's really hard for them?
Does that take focus?
Do they, some kids when they're learning a
new practical piece it's just so
difficult for them.
They don't like the reading of the notes.
If that's the case, decide whether you're
going to do that first or last.
But change it around so it suits your
child.
Some kids have a lot of a hard time with
the hand position.
So again, change that around,
they'll always do the same thing first if
it's really driving your child crazy.
So find out what time of the day they do
the different IONs best.
Stay really consistent and be flexible
enough to try something new.
This is when parent forums can also really
come into play,
cuz they'll have some great tips for you
in what was happening.
I know I heard one the other day, where
she said what she did,
cuz she has four children, and her oldest
is the one taking lessons.
And what she does, is she doesn't even
start practicing with her
child until her other children have gone
to bed.
Her child can handle being up a little bit
later.
She hasn't lost it completely by that time
of the day, and so
that's the really special time for her and
her child.
She knows, wow, this is the time I get mom
all to myself.
So piano becomes a really special time for
her.
That wouldn't work for, for my seven year
old cuz she,
after six o'clock her brain is like
oatmeal.
So [LAUGH] we need to do it on the
weekends.
We do the first days of practice on the
weekends when, when she's fresh and
doesn't have to be at school all day.
That's another thing is the first day of
practice is hard.
It's always going to be hard.
And you need to talk to your child about
this.
It's when everything is new.
This is hard.
And so if they have the expectation of
this is hard, and
it's going to get easier throughout the
week, the first day is hard.
The fifth day is easy, and it's fun.
But this is a cycle.
And it's a great cycle for them to learn
for
their life skills because that's how life
is.
You start something new, and it's hard.
And then you learn, you work through it
and you can become great at anything,
because they're great.
So if you just put that first day of
practice on your least busy day.
Don't put it on the day where they have
swimming and karate, and
have been at school all day and now let's
learn your entire new piano assignment.
That's one of these great things about
these video lesson,
is you can put your lesson day on, any day
of the week.
And you can choose what day to start that
first day.
That first day is crucial.
So put it on an easy day, make it a fun
day and and
just say this is hard we are going to
tackle it.
Take more breaks that day.
It's going to take longer that day.
Okay.
[MUSIC]
This is just a quick little tip.
Music is often thought as something that
is for
the talented, and this is absolutely not
true.
Every child is musical, every person is
musical.
Some people do come born, and they're
music just comes out of them,
I'm not going to deny that.
It is eas, an easier process for some
people.
They can hear things better or quicker, I
should say.
They might be born, and they can already
clap on the beat.
But every child, every student is musical.
We just have to teach them how to bring
that music out of them.
So it's really important, as you're
talking about, you know,
the other kids you see on the site, or
anybody that you hear playing
the piano that's similar to your child's
age, that you don't emphasize talent.
That you emphasize hard work.
So if you see somebody on the site, if you
have a little eight year old and
then she seems somebody playing that's
eight years old or nine years old and
says oh, that, that child is amazing.
I hope I can play like them.
You never say yeah, she's really talented.
Or you're not so talented.
Or you're more talented than she is,
you're gonna be able to do that.
When you see somebody playing, or hear
somebody playing,
really well, you always say, wow she must
have worked really hard.
Because at some level, no matter how you
were born,
I mean I'd like to think I was born very
musically talented.
Let's be honest.
[LAUGH] I could sing, I already,
I won my first singing competition when I
was three.
And I won my first piano competition when
I was eight.
My first international competition when I
was 13.
And you know, people used to come up to me
all the time.
I'd be performing all over the world, and
they'd say, you are so lucky.
You are so talented.
And you know what always went through my
brain?
It's like, I'm, I'm not, I work so hard.
I was already practicing six hours a day.
So anybody that plays well, anybody that
does anything well, works hard.
So please emphasize hard work and
congratulate your child for
working hard every day.
Say, you've worked so hard today, you are
fantastic.
Be very positive with them and work, and
emphasize the hard work.
And they will be able to accomplish, not
only anything they want in piano,
but anything they want, anywhere.
One of the other things that's really
motivating to ch, to kids,
because it is so much hard work to play
the piano, is get them out there.
This is a great thing about this video
site is when they have a piece,
even if they're not going for
certification, post it.
Other people will love to see their
videos.
Say, hey, you have worked hard on this
piece,
I know it's not quite ready to certify,
let's just post it.
Let's just send it in.
We'll get the comments and we'll post it.
And you'll get other people from the site,
you know you can say, oh, I'm still
working on this but I just wanted to post
it to show you what I'm working on.
And you'll get other people from the site
supporting you.
And saying, I mean, amazing job.
It's really unusual in this day and age to
have any child work so hard for
something like piano.
So any time they can go out there, post a
video, go play for their friends,
play for their teachers at school, go to
an old folks home and play for them.
They are remarkable people who can go to
this Peery program.
They are hard working and the world will
embrace them.
So get them out there playing.
Doesn't have to be in a fancy competition
or recital.
But just play, play, play.
That will be one of the most motivating
things for your child.
So, good luck.
It's a great skill and takes a lot of work
to be a practice partner.
And, if you have questions about it or
need some tips we would love to help you
out.
Both the parents, or, I'd be happy to give
you any help that I can.
And, I'm excited to go on this journey
with you.
[MUSIC]