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Trial Lesson and Interview

Trial Lesson

Hello!

Thank you for considering EN Music Studio. Before registering for a month of a lesson, students and parents are required to go through one trial lesson and interview. This process is free and may happen outside of the regular proposed lesson time.

What should I bring?

If the student has taken piano lessons before, or has a musical background, please bring old workbooks so I may see the method they were taught under.

Do I (parent) have to watch this session?

Parents are not required to watch the session. In fact, I encourage parents to wait elsewhere, as children may be more withdrawn with the parents around. However, I leave this to the best judgement of the parent.

Note: I have a recently completed clean criminal record check, as well as a valid liscense to practice childcare.

What can I expect?

You can expect to go through 4 stages (appropriate to students’ current skill)

  1.  Learning a form of technique
  2.  Playing collaboratively with me
  3.  Creating/recording a tune
  4.  Interview with a parent to confirm  expectations and values

What happens after?

If all parties feel positively towards the lessons, then we will proceed to registration. There is no pressure to register immediately after the trial lesson. However, time slots are first come, first serve; if there is a specific time slot that is needed, I recommend registering as soon as possible.


When is it time to move on from a piece?

As a former piano student, I remember often contemplating when I can move on from a piece. In my mind, I was playing it perfect! Why was my teacher so adamant about having me repeat the same song week after week?

I struggle with this same concept as a piano teacher now. As teachers, we have to balance keeping students’ interest up, as well as correcting technical errors. What do I do when the student has lost interest in the piece, when the technical errors haven’t been fixed yet?

On the note of persistence, there has been many challenging pieces I wanted to give up on in my past. Those same pieces became my favourite pieces when I pushed through the difficult technical challenges. I emerged with stronger technique, and an understanding that I can achieve more than I believe I could.

However, in my case, I had a strong passion for music which helped carry me through the hard times. For a student who may just be discovering their musicality, forcing perfection in a piece may be detrimental. Here are some alternate suggestions

Isolate technical issues

  • Is it a rhythm issue? Is it a fingering issue? Solve and practice issues outside the context of the piece to seem less repetitive.

Make edits

  • Make appropriate changes so the student can enjoy the song again. If they enjoy the song and can hear it as a whole, they may be more interested in fixing the issue.

Play recordings during home practice

  • Many frustrating issues is because students do not hear it correctly in their head. Repeated input throughout the week will help with this.

Move on and come back later

  • These technical challenges will arise in a different song. Sometimes a “change of scenery” is all that it takes. Many students return to a song later and realize their own mistakes.