Many of us have seen students become less “sticky” during the pandemic. You might have more students quitting than usual or a higher cohort of chronic non-practisers. Let’s look at ways to develop grit in our students and ourselves.
3:00 pm (10:00 am NY): Welcome Warmup
This quick welcome session is not to be missed so arrive on time! We’ll be getting the musical muscles going and starting the day the right way…with some giggles. 🙂
3:10 pm (10:10 am NY): You are successful.
What is your definition of success? Do you have one? If you don’t decide what success means to you, you’ll never find it. Stop chasing some dream you didn’t design and take control of your teaching life.
3:40 pm (10:40 am NY): Guest Speakers
Tim Topham: How playing with others helped me play for life
What’s at the core of student retention? Is it about being a fun and open teacher? Is it about having an amazing studio space? Is it about helping students play the music they love? In this presentation Tim makes the case for community and coworking as crucial for students building a life-long passion for music.
Samantha Coates: Amazing Activities with DIY Flashcards
You won’t look at flashcards the same way after this session! Samantha, with the help of Nicola as her ‘student’, will demonstrate a myriad of ways to maximise education with any set of flashcards, using them not just for reading, but for listening, singing, playing and composing! This presentation involves a free set of DIY flashcards for which you’ll be sent a template prior to the session.
Sharon Mark-Teggart: Stop Brain Boredom during Scales
Scales often get ‘bad press’ because students struggle to (1) remember notes (2) use correct fingering (3) co-ordinate hands together (4) play with fluency and (5) have fun with the process. Sharon will demonstrate a set of zesty practice ideas that fizz-up the brain and enable students, at all levels, to learn scales in a meaningful and musical way.
5:00 pm (12:00 pm NY): Attendee Huddles
Get together with your fellow attendees to discuss what you learnt and make plans for moving forward. We’ll be using breakout rooms to make sure everyone gets the chance to brainstorm in a small group of peers. I’ll provide guidance to structure these sessions so that you can leave each day feeling balanced, refreshed and ready to take action.