Studio Thoughts – November 2016
I work to make several “tools” available to help each student succeed. One of the most important ones is motivation. I want to help students develop Intrinsic Motivation for violin learning, and I believe that discovering the rewards of hard work can extend motivation into other areas of life.
To help get students started on this Magic Circle, I use various types of Extrinsic Motivation, such as stickers for young students and month-long challenges for all ages. Another reward is receiving positive feedback after a performance, whether that is in a private lesson, a group class, or a recital. I adapt my specific methods as I get to know each student, and I encourage students and their parents to develop routines that encourage this Circle at home, too. Feel free to research this on your own or to ask me for advice.