QUOTE(pianodub @ Jan 24 2009, 06:55 PM)
The key to keeping your student interested to keep the lesson varied. Don't spend ages on one piece of music or concept, move on to something different. Try to do a little bit of rhythm, notation, singing and playing of the instrument in the lesson. If the student's concentration is waning move on for a few minutes, you can always go back to something later in the lesson. With beginners don't feel you need to work like mad for the whole lesson; a little enquiry about how school was etc is a good way to build a positive, trusting relationship with your pupil (who will see that you are interested in them as a person too!) as well as a nice way to have a two-minute break, thus making the lesson less intensive.
Breaking up the lesson is essential with young students. My youngest was 4 when she started and the only way to make it work was to have 'all round ' music lessons, rather than piano lessons. She's just 6 now, and is starting to treat the lessons herself as piano lessons. But we still have lots of fun together!
QUOTE(2broth3rs @ Jan 24 2009, 09:15 PM)
Also he is a very friendly, smiley and jokey person this is what mainly keeps me interested is because of his teaching style.
That's good to hear! Music should be fun!