June 29

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What Would Your Teacher Say?

Student plays.

Me: I'm becoming fairly predictable. What am I going to say?

Student: Practice it in sections and work on the difficult places by themselves?

Me: So, did you do any of that this week?

Student: No

Me: Why?

Student: (shrugs...or on a festive day, the comically blank stare)

Most of the time, we know what we have to do. The challenge is doing it.

When you ask yourself, "What would my teacher/coach/mentor say?", the answer is obvious.

Another trick is to imagine what advice you would give a stranger experiencing the same challenges you are.

Again...the answers come quickly.

The question that should follow is, "What's keeping you from taking action?"

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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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