Nowadays children are so over-scheduled with different activities that they hardly have time to live. Finding appropriate repertoire that fits into their busy lives and will keep intermediate piano students interested in piano lessons is a challenge. Especially for intermediate level students. An elementary time, when students were exposed to learning many small and big music concepts, mastered pieces in a week, are behind. The music becomes longer, more challenging, the concepts require exceptional technical, aural, and reading skills. Students are supposed to work on some pieces for months and pay attention to many greater details. That is why finding a way to keep intermediate students engaged in their piano study is crucial.
Tailor and Prepare
Considering that the needs of each student are unique, the repertoire should be chosen accordingly with the student’s learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses. Knowing what appeals to the student, how fast they learn, how is their retention and the level of commitment will help to make a sustainable learning plan and illuminate stress and frustration.
New Your Weapons
There are quite a few pieces in each grade which can be life-savers for teachers and game-changers for students. Firstly, the pieces which sound mature and complicated, but in fact is easy to learn due to sectional structure, substantially patterned texture, length, and not-overwhelming technical complexity.
The next category includes pieces which due to their romantic and sensitive nature are loved and learned by everyone.
Lastly, the RCM etudes are a great resource to find short, easy and quick to learn pieces that do not sound like boring training exercises.
Make Music Matter
It is almost impossible to keep students motivated and engaged if they do not love music. Giving them inspirational lessons, lessons packed with fun activities, historical and theoretical concepts, lessons filled with positive and constructive feedback, lessons brimmed with different music, as classical, contemporary, pop will instill continuing life-long relation with piano.
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Remembering that the selection of repertoire should be based on the individual taste of each student with an understanding of the primary area of difficulties and advanced preparation plan from the teacher side will secure a sufficient amount of student’s interest and promote healthy engagement in the piano learning.