Poll Results: Over-Scheduled Students

Thanks to all who participated in our poll! Here are the results:

Do you ever have any issues with students who are just too darn busy to practice?

Looks like this is definitely a common concern!

We also had a great comment from a reader, Renee, who said this:

Interestingly, our area was hit by a huge storm last week that knocked out everyone’s electricity, canceled school functions, and canceled extracurricular sports, etc.. My student’s piano practice shot through the roof! This week has shown incredible results. I think they are also shocked with their own rapid improvement. It showed me what these children are really capable of doing on the piano, if they just had more free time.

What an interesting thing! I think that a lot of our students don’t realize their real potential and what they could accomplish if they would just practice more consistently (and more often!).

Thanks to all your input! Stay tuned for our upcoming topic and a couple of new features on The Teaching Studio!

Jennifer Boster

3 Responses to “Poll Results: Over-Scheduled Students

  • Hi, I think the question you ask is slightly wrong. More accurately the question should ask if there are students who choose to prioritise other things over practice.

    They're not too busy, they just choose sports, tv, games etc over practice.

    This is based on my experience of writing and talking with hundreds of people about practice for the last 5 years

  • Mike,
    Thanks for your comment! You make a great point, and I agree that it is all about priorities. The goal is to help our students see the great value of piano lessons (and grow to love music, right?) and help them make it a priority.

    However, I do think kids these days, in general, ARE very busy – whether or not that is THE reason for inconsistent practice or not, it is still very true and a big factor.

    Anyone else have an opinion on this topic?

  • As a teacher for 20 plus years, I have found that there are constant distractions and over scheduling. Basically, piano gets put on a back burner to sports, homework, everything. 6 years later than your last post, it has not improved.