You have chosen a remarkable music program. As you prepare for the new school year, establishing daily routines and developing discipline and time management skills can be as valuable as the academic achievements. Here are some tips to kick start your Simply Music® school year:
♪ Choose your words wisely
PLAY! Play sounds are much more inviting than "practice", so capitalize on our language's verb choice; rather than work the piano--we play the piano (its FUN!) What a subtle difference a word choice makes in the delivery and receipt of a request. Watch as your tone lightens, your player's response will soften--from heavy to light, perhaps even po-lite.
♪ Use your time wisely
We all know we are sharper and fresher early in the day. At the same time, we all experience the mad rush in the morning, all minutes consumed as we make our way out the door. If it's not part of the routine, like brushing, washing, bed making and breakfast eating, it's not going to happen. This is the week to initiate and establish the pattern for the school year. Set your standards now and reap the benefits going forward. Even if it's just 10-15 minutes in the morning that takes pressure off squeezing in your full play before the end of the day.
♪ Choose your battles wisely
My daughter never has two feet on the floor when playing. I look at how I sit at my desk and wonder why! I'm the same way. Is she playing? Yes, is she performing? No. Shall I engage in battle? No. Her fingers are in the right place. As she starts warming up I might ask her to introduce what she's playing to the audience (me) and guess what, her feet somehow find their way to the floor without my even firing a shot.