Instilling motivation in students of all ages

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    1. 1. Instilling Motivation in Students of All Ages Monet Payne Community Manager TakeLessons.com
    2. 2. My Story <ul><li>Began taking lessons at age 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Studying music at a collegiate level, I nearly gave up </li></ul><ul><li>Because my voice teacher believed in me, I am where I am today </li></ul>
    3. 3. Topics <ul><li>Challenges of Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Gotta Find My Purpose! </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Learning Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Practice Expectation Setting </li></ul><ul><li>Frustration = Instant Motivation Killer </li></ul><ul><li>Self Esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Our Goal </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation Challenge </li></ul>
    4. 4. Challenges of Motivation <ul><li>Price is not the biggest reason for student cancellation </li></ul>
    5. 5. Challenges of Motivation <ul><li>Teaching children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shorter attention spans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pushed by parents, sometimes against their own will </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it fun! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching games </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stickers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Toy chest </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do everything you can to spark the child’s interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If that does not work, be honest and open with their parents </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Challenges of Motivation <ul><li>Teaching teens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May not think they need to practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not as self-disciplined as an adult and practicing is not as easily monitored by parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concerned with coolness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do your research based on the student questionnaire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have one of their favorite songs playing when they walk into your studio for the first time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss goals together </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do they want to be famous or be able to perform at an open mic night? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever it is, show them that you believe in them! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold them accountable </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Challenges of Motivation <ul><li>Teaching adults </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frustration experienced from learning a new skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>#1 question: Am I too old for this? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nervous </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Still a child when it comes to music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help them let go of inhibitions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alienation – don’t use big music words! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Gotta Find My Purpose! <ul><li>Find out the students’ purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What got you interested in (subject) lessons?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do you want to be in 1 year? 5 years? 20 years? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redirect this into a goal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ultimate goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Playing music -> Passionate about music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage them to attend a symphony concert, or go to a musical that would inspire them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help them to be aware of future opportunities where they could utilize their new found talent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BIG Picture! </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Gotta Find My Purpose! <ul><li>First lesson assignment: bring a visualization of what inspires them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child: draw a picture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen: collage of how they want to see themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult: a ticket stub from a concert or a program from a symphony </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pump them up! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Setting Learning Goals <ul><li>Draw back of performance goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process vs. Product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adult beginner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perfectionist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Skill development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage the student to dedicate their practicing to mastering a specific skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sight reading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific technique </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student becomes fully engaged while practicing, as opposed to “putting in time” </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Practice Expectation Setting <ul><li>Motivation and practicing go hand and hand </li></ul><ul><li>Practice tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hold them accountable by tracking practicing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set clear expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Notate specific assignments in the lesson journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What skill is it important to focus on this week? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Frustration = Instant Motivation Killer <ul><li>Give students the tools to combat frustration </li></ul><ul><li>When you notice a student is getting frustrated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stop to reassess the issue, then decide whether to continue or switch activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change the way you and your students think about making mistakes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do you play music like you draw? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Draw outside the lines: improvisation </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Self Esteem <ul><li>The TakeLessons Core Values as a chain reaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perseverance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ownership Mentality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CANI </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Our Goal <ul><li>To book with the best teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High retention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marking lessons 12-14 hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>17 different things that you are scored on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indicators of who to book with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We want to help you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$$$$$ on Marketing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expectation of you is that your retain your students </li></ul></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Motivation Challenge! <ul><li>$50 for good retention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every student retained in the month of March is a chance to win </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$50 for posting in the forums and posting your Craigslist Ad </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Every time you post is a chance to win </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New forum question: how can TakeLessons help you retain your students? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To locate the forum: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dashboard  Community  Forums  Just for Teachers  Teacher to Teacher  Student Motivation </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Upcoming Webinars <ul><li>March 16, 7:30 am (California time) </li></ul><ul><li>March 17, 7:30 am (California time) </li></ul><ul><li>March 17, 3:30 pm (California time) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Q&A

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