motivating teenagers

said: Dec 6, 2009
 145 posts

How do I motivate my teenagers? I’m finding it really hard at the moment to get my teenaged pupils to practise regularly. I try all sorts of things,like writing out their schedule each day, writing down what they’re going to practise, ask them to learn duet parts so we can play them in the next lesson. I bring CD’s to help them practise, but nothing seems to work. Has anyone got advice and suggestions for thiis problem ? :| :idea: :shock:

Sara said: Dec 7, 2009
 Violin
191 posts

Charging them for time they haven’t practiced works well. Let them know it takes x amount of time to practice what they are assigned and make them track it. They pay for what they don’t do.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

said: Dec 8, 2009
 18 posts

Young teenagers are often motivated by the same games and such that younger children are.

I teach math to sixth, seventh and eighth graders and they love to play games. I bought a stuffed animal to put next to my homework box and now they actually rush to see who can get homework in first and there is hardly ever a missing paper! (I bought the toy just for fun—had no idea it would be quite so successful!)

Could you make a contest or game for practice?

said: Dec 8, 2009
 89 posts

Teens are motivated by socializing with other teens. Set up the situation so that it’s their peers evaluating them, not you—group class etc.

. said: Apr 24, 2010
 6 posts

i had the same problem with my daughter. as teens, they are going through a lot of stress in school. try bribing them with small things, like taking them out for ice cream if they practice or not so many chores. even offer to take them out to the movies. you can even have a point system, so if they practice a certain amount of time each day they get so many points. then at the end of the week they get a prize. you have to remember though, that they are teens. think about how you acted as a teenager and how you felt. try relating to that, and how they might currently feel.

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