Some Piano Teacher Resources for Unmotivated Music Students

December 14, 2009 at 5:59 am | Posted in Music Teachers Resources | 2 Comments

Are you a piano teacher who wants to put your teaching experience to the next level through some innovative piano teacher resources available online? Well, read on and see how you can make your unmotivated students attain the kind of interest and satisfaction they need.

Motivation in the classroom requires the right skills, attitudes, experiences and techniques; as a music educator, you need to come up with various innovative and creative activities to make most, if not all your students, focused, determined, motivated and enthusiastic from the beginning to the end of a music class or piano lesson session.

Generally, the term motivation is associated with human beings; thus, this is theoretically used to describe the causes of their behavior or attitude as well as some psychological, intellectual and emotional conflicts and issues. Technically, motivation is the activation or foundation of goal-oriented behavior. This has two major categories: the extrinsic and the intrinsic motivation.

To begin with, intrinsic motivation comes from rewards the students they get from the tasks or the activities themselves. This form of motivation has been associated with high educational achievement, enjoyment and satisfaction. In line with this, students are believed to be intrinsically motivated if they accredit their performance and educational outcome to internal factors, if they believe that they can meet their goals at their own pace and capability, and if they are interested in learning music or any subjects in different perspective, usually through new and innovative ways.

On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is associated with external factors that can help the students be motivated and stay focused. Some of these external factors are the rewards or incentives themselves such as the bonus points, little yet special items, ribbons, certificates, trophies, medals and a lot more.

With this regard, below are some points that piano teachers like you can take into considerations as you intend to motivate all your students and make them understand music more.

Integrate technology in the learning process. Music may seem complex or difficult to many students as not all of them ay have the passion and the interest to learning and understanding such. Yet, as their music teacher, you need to adopt some innovative and inventive piano teacher resources to help them attain the kind of motivation they need. With the kind of students we have right now, they can appreciate their lessons more if technology has been playing a very good part on it. Since they are up to some educational innovations, piano teaching software and websites may be helpful to you and your students.

Harmonize their innate and natural talents with their interests that motivate. Natural talent creates motivation, motivation creates persistence and persistence gets the job done. These things are interrelated and must be properly observed and maintained inside the classroom to make it more conducive for learning music.

Take some risks and make them realize the advantage of learning how to handle failures and adverse effects. Failure and bouncing back are elements of motivation. Failure is a learning tool. No one has ever succeeded at anything worthwhile without a string of failures. So, let them try new things and trends out so as to keep them aware and expose to reality.

Driving our students in piano and music to real classroom motivation can be both challenging and rewarding. Whatever you do, just always remember that you are to touch their lives – making them better students and soon to be young professionals. So, find some good ideas on how you can come up with reliable and innovative piano teacher resources today and see the big difference. Motivation rules and is next to academic excellence. Good luck!

Learn more helpful and reliable piano teacher resources, visit this music teaching website. – Earl Marsden

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  1. I think that this was a very good and eye opening read.

  2. To “[h]armonize [students’] innate and natural talents with their interests” is indeed at the very core of motivation, particularly with respect to intrinsic motivation. In fact, I would argue, such an approach has the potential to turn even extrinsic motivation to intrinsic.

    For example, if a student’s main interest is in sport, one could emphasize that the internalization of rhythms as they study music can bring real-world benefits in their sport–since rhythm is an intrinsic part of any sport–whether in timing the perfect swing on a golf club, or in the perfect delivery of a game-winning touchdown pass.

    Similarly, a student whose passion is history can suddenly hear the music come to life when they learn about the cultures and lives of the people who produced it.

    All of these interests can act as springboards to turn a student whose main motivation is just another notch on his overachiever’s belt into an engaged, focused and passionate learner.

    Technology, of course, is an excellent tool to help today’s tech-savvy students connect these interests with what they are learning in the music classroom.

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