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#2158038 - 09/26/13 01:38 PM Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy
ezpiano.org Offline
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Registered: 05/10/11
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Loc: Irvine, CA
Inspire by another thread here, I decide to write an article and include in my Oct's newsletter:

Advantages of taking summer lessons:
1. Students have no schools, means more time to practice piano, even summer is only 2 months, the progress would feel like 4 months.

2. No need to worry about regression

3. Priority in scheduling in Fall, means you get the slots you want!!

Disadvantages of taking summer vacation:
1. Regress in piano when you come back in Fall. Let's say you took July and August off from piano, when you come back in September, your teacher would not start from what you left off by end of June. In fact you would regress back to what you learned in May. So your teacher has to start from materials in May and slowly reviewing them.

2. Your teacher will be trying to bring you back to where you left off, but believe me, the experience would not be a great one. The teacher has to help student after student stumble through things that they did with ease, having to reteach old things without demoralizing the student. That is the challenge for teacher!! Sometimes some very sensitive students would be so sad just because of this!!

3. Your piano progress would be "suddenly" 6 months behind those who stay for summer months (Those who stay +4, those who take vacation -2, so, 6 months of difference in total). While the whole studio is moving forward, you will feel that you being left behind!

3. Stumbling student risks losing confidence. He may in fact be seeing discouraged students who are bewildered at their lost ability.

4. As a result, piano lessons is "suddenly" not fun anymore. Piano teacher is "suddenly" very aggressive to cover old materials and parents want to terminate piano lesson!!

Solution:
1. Please take summer lesson as much as you can.

2. I am not saying that you CANNOT take any vacation at all. In fact, I believe that vacation do help us to recharge and see things in different perspective when we come back to reality.

3. If summer vacation is inevitable for your lifestyle (I work with a lot of immigrated family who will bring kids to see grandparents every year), then be aware of the consequences and bear with it when you come back in Fall. Be stronger to deal with aggressive teacher. Be more diligent to practice more to deal with your regression over summer vacation. If time and money is possible, make up those lessons that you lost in summer (for example, if you miss 4 lessons in summer, then schedule 4 extra lesson every other week from September when you come back)


Dear piano teachers and piano parents and piano students!! Please feel free to add on whatever you like!!

By the way, I think this article should go out either September or October of every year, right after summer vacation when parents are dealing with the consequences of summer vacation; then again in May and June of every year again before summer vacation to act as a warning.


Thanks!!


Edited by ezpiano.org (09/26/13 01:40 PM)
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#2158045 - 09/26/13 01:47 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
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Good message, but the title should read:
Summer vacation, piano teacher's student's enemy

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#2158046 - 09/26/13 01:48 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
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Hahahaha...Monkey, you are funny!!!!!
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#2158051 - 09/26/13 01:57 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
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I am serious.

The audience of your news letters is the parents, right?
No thick-headed parent gives a dime about teacher's enemy. They won't continue after reading the title.

Initially I wanted to say piano parent's enemy, but it was too much a hard sell.

The common interest is student, so here is my choice of word. wink

And after carefully reading your article, it is what the message is about, the student.

The teachers issues are reduced income and frustration of student's regression, but that was not this article was about.

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#2158064 - 09/26/13 02:17 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
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Originally Posted By: Monkey
The teachers issues are reduced income


Erm...have not thought about this until you point out here.

Yes, you are serious, but you are also funny!!
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#2158070 - 09/26/13 02:28 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
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Seems to me basically the same pattern as what happens every day? You start again playing what you could do yesterday but at a slower pace, and then bring it back up, but a notch further if possible?

Therefore, maybe the students should learn to understnad and cope with it?
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#2158077 - 09/26/13 02:42 PM Re: Summer vacation, piano teacher's enemy [Re: ezpiano.org]
childofparadise2002 Offline
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It really depends. Summertime is very valuable to my kids as they go to academic camps, music camps and festivals and such, and study on their own on things that are hard to fit in during the school year. They take a vastly reduced number of instrument lessons during summer, but they develop in other ways.

I remember reading a letter from a parent when New York Times published an article advocating for longer school days (there are many such articles these days advocating for longer school days, more days in a school year, and year-round schools), that longer school days would be very harmful to students who don't find school challenging and comprehensive, and rely on outside learning opportunities for real academic development.

So basically every coin has two sides.

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