A familiar scenario –
Piano Teacher: “I’m excited to teach today! I just love my students! I love my job! I love the piano! I love music! I want to instill value and a love for music and the piano in the next generation! I am so excited to teach today!”
Student shows up and sits down at the piano. Opens the book. No practice at all...
Teacher is frustrated. There’s hope, though. Maybe the student will crack open his book next week and practice the notes on the page.
Teacher delivers an inspiring message to the student, challenges him, then sends him on his way.
It’s lesson day again.
Piano Teacher: “I am so excited to teach today!”
Student comes in. The teacher is thrilled. Student sits at the piano, opens his book, places his hands on the keys.
No practice yet again...
Teacher is frustrated, but musters enough energy and enough encouragement, from within, to say, “All is well. We’ll try again next week.” Teacher is hopeful, and as the week presses on begins to get excited again.
It’s lesson day.
Piano Teacher: “I am so excited to teach today!”
Student comes in and sits down at the piano. No practice...
We’ve all been there...
Students aren't motivated to practice or they're simply overworked and often have little to no time for practice outside of piano lessons.
And parents aren't actively engaged in their child's piano education. They make their children go to lessons, but don't encourage them to practice at home.
Do your student's parents (or your students) ever refer to lesson time as practice time?? Oh, it's a shame!
We want our students to succeed! But to succeed, students must practice!!
If they (and their parents) truly understood that all it takes is a few minutes of focussed practice each day to achieve fantastic results then maybe, just maybe, they'd practice more.
You and I both know that they WOULD practice more.
Lack of practice among students and lack of active parent engagment is a BIG problem.
And unfortunately, if the problem doesn't get addressed it can negatively impact our bank account!
No practice, no progress, no piano lessons for little Johnny or Susie...
Not to mention, they'll never know the joy of playing the piano and making music for others and with others!
Yes, lack of practice among students is a BIG problem with some pretty serious implications.
Imagine your students showing up for their piano lessons excited to play for you because they practiced!
How excited would it make you to see your students leaving the lesson with smiles on their faces feeling encouraged and inspired to work on their weekly assignments in a focused and intentional way?
You'd be thrilled!
My name is Chris Owenby, owner and founder of PracticeHabits.co. And like you, I am a piano teacher.
For years, I struggled to inspire my students to practice. I thought that every student should be taught the same way. So, naturally, I taught all the method books I saw other piano teachers using, and used the same approach for each and every student.
Sometimes it worked, but most of the time it didn't. My students didn't really practice.
But then I began to change things up. I began realizing that not every student is the same. Each student is wired uniquely different and learns in his or her own way.
I began to approach popular method books in different ways and adapt my teaching style to better suit each individual student. I found piano pieces from all genres and assigned them to students who most resinated with a particular piece and style.
I began to see improvements in my student's preparation level!
I had to find the music that my students connected with. I had to inspire them by changing things up - by enchanting them and engaging them in different ways. This was the secret sauce!
Inspiring MORE student practice boils down to having access to well-crafted and imaginative resources that resonates with your students and inspires them to WANT to practice more.
Wouldn't it be nice to have UNLIMITED access to a fantastic library of well-crafted sheet music (all studio licensed), technical exercises, lead sheets, and practice guides for beginning and intermediate piano students so that your students are inspired and excited to practice and prepare before their weekly piano lesson??
Wouldn't you love having access to online trainings designed to help you get the MOST out of your piano students and encourage you along in the important work you're doing and help you be the best piano teacher you can be?
Would you like to connect with like-minded piano teachers to help you along and inspire you in your teaching journey?
Well then, the PracticeHabits Membership Community is for you!
Inspire your students to practice with well-crafted and inspiring sheet music and supplemental resources, increase parent engagement with actionable practice guides, connect with like-minded piano teachers, and more in the PracticeHabits Membership Community!
Sheet Music Downloads - Download and print unlimited copies of fun and inspiring piano pieces for ALL of your students (added to regularly)
Scale, Chord, and Arpeggio Exercises - Access fun and exciting scale, chord, and arpeggio exercises (added to regularly)
Lead Sheets - Enjoy fantastic seasonal lead sheets (added to regularly)
Practice Guides - Access practice guides to help your students and families learn how to appropiately practice (added to regularly)
Private Facebook Group - Grow alongside and learn from like-minded piano teachers in the private Facebook group
Access to Online Trainings Database **Pro Feature** - Instant access to a growing library of online trainings designed to help you in the important work you're doing (Platinum Plan only)
One Monthly Live Q&A Call via Facebook Live **Pro Feature** - We answer your questions and help you get the most out of your subscription. Plus you'll learn from professionals, such as Bradley Sowash, Jennifer Foxx, Natalie Weber, Carol Matz, and others!
30% Off of ALL Annual Online Workshops **Pro Feature** - Enjoy automatic enrollment in all online workshops with Chris and the PracticeHabits personalities (including, but not limited to all Summer workshops - **Platinum Plan only**)
OUR MOST AFFORDABLE PLAN
BEST VALUE + TWO PRO FEATURES
TWO MONTHS FREE + PRO FEATURES
How much can I save? In addition to saving you a ton of time and aggravation, the PracticeHabits Membership Community is amazingly affordable. Let’s do the math…
You’ve fallen in love with 7 piano pieces and resources in the online store and you purchase 7 copy licenses this month (copy license = unlimited copies for your students), that’s a $70 value.
That’s more than two times the Gold Monthly Member fee of $29 per month and you get so much more! Like a lot more. Like unlimited access to the online store and unlimited copies of current and future sheet music, online trainings, and a place to talk shop with like-minded piano teachers! Talk about amazing value!!
What about new music? You’ll regularly receive a free online newsletter spotlighting featured sheet music for your review. The Email Update also highlights new arrangements, lead sheets, exercises, articles, and practice guides.
Instead of spending hours searching for your student’s next piece, the PracticeHabits Membership Community helps you focus on new and topical titles in just minutes a week!
Are the resources studio licensed? Yes, you may print unlimited copies of ALL the resources (including sheet music) for ALL of the students in your studio.
How did you come up with your pricing? We offer three packages. The Platinum Plan is for piano teachers who want to save money by paying for the full year up front and enjoy the added value of the pro features, including 30% off of all workshops (Platinum Plan only). The Gold Plan is for piano teachers who want the enormous value of having sheet music and resources at their fingertips, but need a more affordable option. And the Silver Plan is for piano teachers who don't need as many sheet music resources, but would like to have access to all of the online training vidoes and monthly Q&A calls for an affordable price.
Do you have a refund policy? Yes, if for whatever reason you are not satisfied with the PracticeHabits Membership Community, take comfort in knowing that you can cancel and receive a full refund at any time within the first 30 days.
Am I signing a contract? No, you may cancel your membership at any time.
And in that time, you can use and explore all the resources proven to inspire more student practice, meet the members and participate as much as you like! But if you feel the community and proven resources aren't for you, rest assured that your refund will be issued quickly and hassle free - no questions asked.
If you get excited about inspiring your students to practice more and educating their parents to be more actively engaged in their child's piano education, then the proven resources within the PracticeHabits Membership Community are for you! Invest in yourself so that you can give even more to your students and families.
Inspire MORE student practice today!