Lucky for all of us who have become members of DVMTA, we have a variety of events that provide built-in S.M.A.R.T goals for students to achieve. Each event has specific performance expectations for students to meet by a specific date. Student success can be measured by the strength of the performance as well as by written critiques in some cases. Motivation to practice naturally increases as students work to achieve their goals, and students receive intrinsic as well as extrinsic rewards for successfully achieving those goals. One such event is right around the corner – Music Marathon! I love this event, because all of my students have something to work toward right from the beginning of the piano year! In addition, our Original Composition Festival is another fall event that provides a S.M.A.R.T. goal for students who wish to write their own compositions. Worried about the time it will take to prepare? See the website for a new document just added for helping the beginning composer – a fabulous resource for those of you who aren’t sure how to get started!
I firmly believe that students who lack opportunities to use their piano skills quickly tire of their lessons and soon suspect the futility of learning all those pieces week after week. Don’t let your students run aimlessly up and down the field. Give them a chance to score by providing them with the performance goals that will keep them interested and focused on their music education for years to come!
Read more about our various events below and please feel free to contact me or any of the event chairs for more information. Hope to see you all at Marathon!
DVMTA President 2018-19
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