Preparing For The Grand Finale
We are getting ready for the final performance for our piano lessons, and it has upped the excitement factor for practicing in our house. We have had a discussion about what the recital will be like, as Jett has never done this before. I explained to him that all of the kids in his class would be on the stage.
Unlike lesson time, moms and dads wouldn’t be up there with them. We are going to be in our seats watching them, and cheering for them after they perform. Yoanna, their teacher, said they need to pass an exam before they are allowed on the stage. A week or two before the performance they have play the song on their own, and make sure they are able to play it.
When Jett realized I would not be there to help him, he got really serious about practicing. I am not sure why, but he is thrilled about the idea of all his family being there to cheer for him. He really is quite the performer.
I would say our biggest tips for encouraging practise are to have an end goal. The year end recital is perfect for this. A chance to perform, a deadline, and family to show off for. Also, smaller goals. When he has a song really well done, I will record it and send it to his grandparents who don’t live here. Also, whenever we go to someone’s house I ask if he wants to play a song for them. All of these things keep him really excited about playing the piano, instead of bored with playing the same songs over and over again.
How do you keep your kids practicing? I have a feeling next year is going to be trickier! Also, if anyone is in Calgary I highly recommend Sonata Yamaha! See all of my piano lesson posts for more information!