Unengaged students

Angelica said: May 28, 2018
Angelica Plass
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Albuquerque, NM
8 posts

I’ve been teaching Suzuki piano for the last 5 years now. Generally my students have fun during my lessons. However I have two students, a brother and sister aged 11 and 9, who came to me last year from another teacher in another State. From the beginning they have been resistant to correction in posture, tonalizing, fingering, etc. I thought at first it was difficulty in adjusting to a new teacher, new surroundings, new friends etc.. However I’ve met with a kind of passive resistance all the way. The parent, who is very dedicated, asked me not to give up on teaching them. I’ve tried breaking down a piece to its smallest part, only one teaching point per piece, even per lesson. I usually am very upbeat. I demonstrate. But the kids are not interested at all!!!! What to do?

AngelicaP

Joanne Shannon said: May 28, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
120 posts

What level are they?

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