You Can’t Motivate Your Child – Parent Talk with Karen Gerelus

There are so many presentations, blog posts, podcasts, and books promising to teach parents how to motivate their children to practice a musical instrument. The research shows that parents can’t actually motivate their children to practice… however, parents can create an environment which fosters motivation. Edward Deci, the founder of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), believes that you can’t motivate people, but you can create the environment in which people will motivate themselves. Using a framework of SDT, we can learn how to develop intrinsic motivation in students which leads to long-term wellbeing and deeper learning.
Join our online parent talk, featuring Karen Gerelus.
Karen Gerelus is a third generation piano teacher, musician, author, and scholar. She has completed an Associate diploma in Piano Pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT), an Associate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (ATCL), and a Licentiate diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College of London (LTCL). In 2010, she convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts, 2016 with a Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Ottawa, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Calgary where her research focuses on identity and motivation in piano students.

Karen is a proud recipient of the national CFMTA Memorial Pedagogy Award for excellence in music teaching, she has won the CFMTA National Essay Competition twice, and been awarded research grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her work has been featured in both professional and academic journals, at Music Teachers’ National Association conferences, and on international teaching podcasts. Karen is a member of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association and a certified teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Past teachers and examiners have commented on Karen’s “passion for teaching” and “warm and engaging manner.” Her lessons involve a variety of music – from minuets to mambos to Mission Impossible – to keep students engaged and teach sensitivity and compassion for all cultures and musical styles. In addition to teaching music, Karen also teaches advanced music theory, history, and pedagogy at her studio in Calgary. Overall, her students play with beautiful technique, singing melodies, and high levels of personal satisfaction.

100 Day Practice Challenge Begins!

Wikipedia tells us that a habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Habits – brushing our teeth, taking the recycling to the curb, completing our homework – are automatic and allow us to go about our day productively and efficiently.

Daily piano practice can soon be another good habit – and we’ve created the 100-Day Practice Challenge to encourage this development for ESPS students. Beginning in January, students will earn stickers by reporting the numbers of days they practice each week. Students will have the chance to win prizes during the challenge, and if they complete 100 days of practice by April 30th, their names will be entered in a draw for prizes at the Group Concerts in May.

Let’s grow and develop a real and lasting practice habit for each piano student!

Excellence from the Beginning: Ensuring Your Beginner (Or Older Student!) Is Successful on Lesson Day

Consider these important points as you begin your preparations for your child’s next music lesson! o Mention to your child early in the day that it’s lesson day. o Mention it periodically throughout the day with enthusiasm and interest. o Play the Suzuki CD, focussing on the music that your…

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Successful Parenting and Practicing: How Your Parenting Style Becomes Your Practice Style

Enjoy this article from ESPS parent Apryl Gladue that appeared in the November 2016 edition of Twinkling the Ivories. Recently at the Fall Workshop, Guest Teacher Nicole Wilton presented a thought provoking talk for ESPS parents.  She invited parents to consider what their parenting style is: Lenient? Strict? Wet noodle? Screamer?…

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