July 1

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Heading in the Wrong Direction

Students who quit piano have one thing in common. When things get tough, they head in the wrong direction.

For example.

If a student struggles with motivation or finding the practice time, they'll often decrease their lesson length.

Or ask for lessons every other week.

Or take a break from piano altogether, with intentions to come back "when things calm down." But that never happens. Ever.

This is heading in the wrong direction.

If you decide that you hate piano, that's another story. Quit. Find something you love.

But, if you have a normal "low point" in motivation or progress, that's normal. That's when you need to lean into it. 

Stepping away leads to quitting.

Leaning into the problems, experimenting with new solutions, and challenging yourself will allow you to reach the next level.

There are many crossroads every young piano student faces. Especially heading into middle school and high school.

One of the challenges is learning to pick the right direction every time.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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