Piano Teacher…what they’re saying

What they’re saying…
I already have a student on 15 pieces in three weeks. She has been learning in the past one piece a fortnight and uses piano adventures and grade 1 AMEB Other students working hard and the learning output has doubled. I have awards for the first to 15, 20, 30 and 40 with names up on the wall. They are eating it up!
Deanne Scott Calamvale

Just letting you know I am up for the 40 piece challenge next year, and really excited about implementing it with my students!

I really don’t think there is going to be an issue for most of my students. I do need to push some of the transfer students out of their comfort zones, but most of them have accepted the challenge, especially when I explained how it is going to work. Most of the students who started learning this year have finished 2 sets of books and are well into their 3rd set – this equates to more than 80 pieces each. Not a bad effort, and they were very proud of themselves when I pointed that out to them and have no qualms with the challenge.
The kids have the 40 piece challenge, do you know what that means for me? I currently have 65 students ….. 65 x 40 = 2600. That is a lot of music …. what have I got myself in for?

I really love the idea of 40 pieces challenge, so we will give it a go.
I have always been getting my students to learn extra pieces, but not that many! Giving them easier pieces than what their exam level is will definitely be more fun and give them real satisfaction. I was quite excited about this challenge and started to look for some fun repertoire to even improve some technical points.

I only have a few students, but all are keen to give it a go and some have started already (even with the Christmas carols). It is also great to start now, after they have done their exams and the school holidays are coming up ( although we will start to count them in 2013).

I would like to reister for the 40 piece challenge you have advertised in your last magazine. I already do a similar project with my students now and I have noticed a huge improvement in the student’s sightreading and enthusiasm for learning more pieces.
To make the challenge more official will hopefully mean greater committment from my students.
Tracy Meyn Cre8tive Kidz Pty Ltd

I’m very interested in this idea-it’s such a good one, I can’t think why I didn’t think of it myself years ago. I’ll bet everyone says that! I’ve spoken to the Head of Music here at school and he’s keen for all piano teachers to be involved so I’ll keep you in touch with how it goes.

I have been speaking to my students about the 40 piece challenge and they are all excited for it! I like the idea of it because I might actually make use of some the books I have here that never get used. I think it might also motivate a few of the stragglers who are driving me nuts. It is interesting to note the ones who struggle the most are the ones who have come from other teachers and whose reading skills are not so strong. Obviously they are the ones who will most benefit from doing this kind of thing.

We have over 60 students and they are all going for the challenge, Thanks for the great motivational idea!

We’re going to do the 40 piece challenge. I’m going to let the students start on the holidays to encourage holiday practice:)

The Tim Topham article was inspiring and I’ve decided to take up the 40 pieces challenge for myself, and my students.
I’ll let you know how it goes.

Ready to challenge my students.

I have been challenging my students in 2012 to a 50 page challenge. Already 20 students have completed this and 3 of those have also completed 100 page challenge and working on their 150page.
It is a great idea and works extremely well.

At my studios we had introduced this challenge to a few students this year. Some have really taken to it, others petered out early and thought it all too hard to go on!
Would like to really make it a big part of next year.
Saw the ad in Piano magazine so thought I would give you a shout!

Well, this is some challenge! As I am asking my students to do this, I will also put myself out there and see just how much effort is required!
Not sure how many will actually take on the challenge (especially as I has mostly young pupils in the earlier stages)…but it is worth a try.