Discover How to Motivate Your Piano Students Today!
Dear piano teacher,
Do you have students who just won't practice ... come to lessons not ready to work ... or don't really want to learn piano?
Have you had students who were almost impossible to motivate?
What would your life be like if you could change that?
Imagine students coming to lessons both prepared and excited ... diving right into what they've practiced ... eager to learn something new ... and looking forward to their recital.
During the next few minutes you'll learn how to tap into your students' desires so that they:
- want to practice 5 times or more every week,
- feel excited about lessons,
- are eager to show off their accomplishments,
- look forward to learning more,
- know how to practice.
You may be wondering if this is even possible. Especially with certain students.
My name is Cyndi Moyes. I've taught piano for nearly 30 years. During that time, I've been fortunate enough to help hundreds of students. Students who picked up the piano with ease. Others who struggled to sit still long enough for a lesson. Even those with learning disorders.
Most kids are excited for their first few lessons. But when it comes to keeping them motivated week after week, things can get more difficult.
Corbin is a young boy whose mom teaches piano. Only he has a problem. You see, he's great at putting effort into things that excite him. The trouble is he loses interest very quickly. And then he quits - gives up after just a few times. His mom tried to teach him, but he just wouldn't stick with it.
So they came to me. Using techniques I'm going to share with you, we connected with his desires, activating his motivation. Now he practices all the time, makes great progress, and is going strong after more than two years.
It's really not that hard when you know how.
It all starts with knowing the way the human brain learns. And the ways it doesn't. Findings from scientific studies show that the brain can really only learn one thing ... one task or skill ... at a time.
But what's going on when a person reads a note, presses the right key with the correct finger, for the right duration? Isn't that learning more than one thing? The answer is no - it's doing more than one thing at a time, but not learning.
Need proof? Try teaching someone who doesn't play and have them get it right their first time.
It's not ever going to happen. When we practice, we actually learn only one task, and then a second, then a third, and so on. The brain takes new information and pairs it to already learned knowledge in a process called chunking. The brain then treats these chunks as one item.
During most piano lessons, students are bombarded with way too many unlearned tasks. Their brains get overloaded. Frustration happens and for far too many, their motivation dies.
The first step then is to not kill motivation.
People often talk about motivation as something we can give to someone else. The truth of the matter is, we can't. Or maybe we think we can can cause another to feel motivated. Again, we can't. At best we can get them to act - but that is different than motivation. Also, engagement is frequently confused with motivation. It's not.
The Myth of Multitasking
Brain studies show that the human mind can only hold one thought at any given moment.
What we commonly refer to as multitasking is really task-switching, where our brains switch between two or more activites at super-fast rates.
Additional studies found that 97.5% of people suffer a significant decrease in productivity due to switching and switch recovery (in fact they found that we lose 28% of our time due to switch-tasking).
- It takes 50 - 100% longer to complete tasks.
- Quality suffers.
- It's not possible for the human brain to learn more than any one skill at a time.
What is Motivation?
Motivation is the energy that drives a person to fulfill his or her own unique blend of needs. This energy cannot be bestowed or given ... it cannot be created by another.
Harnessing this energy takes understanding these basic needs.
Did you learn about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs when you were in school? There are six levels of needs. Basic needs are at the bottom - food and shelter - and self-actualization is on top.
This theory is often thought of as a pyramid - each level is built on the one below. It's a very popular framework for research, training, and instruction.
Maslow used only 'mentally healthy' people and the top 1% of college students in his studies. And he observed these groups, rather than going deep - forming an incomplete picture.
For a more thorough understanding, we need to turn to Dr. Steven Reiss' model. By studying more than 6,000 people, he created a much more complete view. He interviewed his test subjects and watched their behaviors. His model contains 16 basic needs. Needs that everyone has. And everyone has differing strengths of each need.
Understanding what a person's deepest needs are - allows you to tap into their motivation, activating energy.
Let's say you teach 'Sally' and that her strongest need is 'Power'. She tries to satisfy this need through accomplishment. By tying the results of practicing (say being able to play her favorite song) to her need, you're tapping into her motivation.
Using this same technique on 'Alex' won't work if Alex is motivated by 'Vengeance'. Vengeance fules the desire for competition. Alex needs to beat someone or something in order for his motivation to be activated.
The second step is designing a system that taps into these 16 core needs. Now, you could do what I did ... spend hundreds of hours learning, testing, and refining. Repeating the process again and again until you've got it just right.
Or, you can take advantage of all my hard work.
What Are The 16 Desires?
These first five desires are strongly woven into the method I use to motivate my students.
- Acceptance (appreciation, approval). Praise for a job well donw, avoid judgements and criticism.
- Curiosity (knowledge, learning.
- Power (control of will, surroundings). Tap into the need for achievement to bolster practice motivation.
- Status (social significance, standing). Looking good is important to these folks. Awards and trophies help solidify their standing.
- Vengeance (striking back, one-upmanship). Contests serve to motivate, especially when prizes or trophies are at stake.
The rest of the desires are: eating, family, honor, idealism, independence, order, physical activity, romance, saving, social contact, and tranquility.
*You can learn more about all sixteen desires, how to identify then in your students, and using them to draw out motivation in Motivational Secrets - How to Get Your Students to Practice - available on our website for only $29.95.
Other Teachers Are Using These Same Methods and Getting These Same Results
When other teachers use these tools in their lessons they report that their students are much more motivated, and learn at a much faster pace than ever before.
They use them to:
- tap into your students motivation
- set attainable goals
- create micro-commitments
- harness the power of visualization
- build student engagement
- form good practice habits
In fact, once you've mastered these techniques you can use them in every area of your life.
Tap into your own motivation. Now you can finally do those things that you've been putting off ... waiting for the perfect moment to act, always delaying until tomorrow.
The Power of Rewards
Research shows that the true driving factor of behavior is the satisfying of the 16 basic human desires.
When rewards help a person accomplish this, they serve as powerful motivators.
Claims that only intrinsic rewards drive action ignore much of the research into human behavior - and the fact that the extrinsic reward typically makes it possible to obtain the more desirable intrinsic motivator.
For example - money. People work for money in order to buy things that satisfy their basic desires - such as nice clothes to satisfy their need for status, a better car to satisfy the need for tranquility (safety), etc.
The trick to using external rewards then, is to couple each reward with the right basic desire.
There is a Better, Simpler Way
Introducing Finger Olympiad - Musicianship Made Easy ©, a piano warm-up series. Each book is designed for specific stages of development. Every book is filled with easy-to-master exercises and drills. Visual tracking charts help keep your students on target. Built-in rewards tap into existing motivation. As students finish each book, they earn an Olympic-style medal.
Finger Olympiad is designed specifically for those who struggle to learn for whatever reason. It works for those who:
- have a learning disability
- struggle with issues such as ADHD
- find it difficult to play with both hands at the same time
- (this is where the majority of students drop)
- receive little to no support or encouragement from parents
- have parents with unrealistic expectations (Johnny needs to play for the school musical in two months, but he's never had a lesson before, can you teach him?)
- can't seem to learn to read music
If you're ready for students who:
- can't wait for their lesson each week
- eagerly practice at least five times on their own between lessons
- parents who rant and rave over the progress their kids are making
Then Finger Olympiad may be just what you need.
The Power of the Micro-Commitment
By focusing on just one skill at a time, the brain actually learns much faster. Not only that, procrastination usually disappears.
Brain scientists have found that any change is a threat. Even good ones. So our brains like to delay starting new things. They even reward us for the procrastination. By avoiding something unpleasant, while being rewarded with something that feels good, procrastination is addictive.
So, in order to defeat procrastination, you need to break tasks into very small steps. That's because tasks that are super-small aren't that much of a threat. It's a lot easier to 'trick' the brain into doing something that takes very little time or effort.
Finger Olympiad makes learning piano (and music) easy by breaking everything down into small steps that are quickly mastered.
Each book of the series builds skills one step at a time - posture, auralizing (hearing notes and pitches before playing), dynamics, tempo, touch, pattern recognition, finger coordination, chords, cadences, transposition, and so much more.
Micro-commitments - an example.
Practice time can be intimidating - 30 minutes can seem like forever to a beginner. Spending that much time doing something that is hard for the brain is a major cause of procrastination.
How many times do parents hear, "I'll start in just a bit." when telling their kids to practice?
An effective way to beat this procrastination bug is by breaking each task into very small steps. Steps that make no sense not to complete. Have those who struggle commit to doing just one new thing each week. Using these steps, build a chain of events that gets longer over time.
Using the 16 Basic Needs, figure out what is a motivating reward for each student. Negotiate with each child (and parents if need be) that they will earn whatever it is that motivtes them each time they complete their entire chain.
For example, a student who takes their books out from the car only for lessons obviously can't be practicing that material.
Let's say what moves Tom to action is playing with his friends. Working with Tom's parents, you could set up a deal where if Tom just brings his books in from the car at home and puts them on the piano for the next week, he gets to invite his friends over.
The second week you could add sitting down at the piano and opening the fallboard to bringing in the books. If he completes these tasks all five days, he again gets to play with his friends.
You could then add turning to the right page and playing just the first note, etc.
As the child repeats these steps every day, practicing should become easier and their reliance on external rewards should be reduced.
Appropriate built-in rewards are scattered throughout to maintain student motivation at the highest level. These books are a highly visual way of presenting concepts, along with tracking progress. As students work their way through the books, they earn stickers and trophies. Each time they complete a book, they get an Olympic-style medal. These rewards appeal to differing basic desires, helping keep students motivated.
When you order Finger Olympiad, you get a year license to print and sell unlimited copies of:
- A customizable binder cover with an easy-to-follow tracking system to help your students see their progress.
- The Fast Start Book, which is designed for beginning students who have never played before. There is no need to read the staff or rhythms and is an ideal introduction to basic concepts in just minutes a day. Your new students will begin playing with confidence during their very first lesson!
- Bronze Level is for beginners who are uncomfortable reading music. It teaches correct posture, singing, dynamics, tempo, and touch. It also helps build basic finger coordination.
- Silver Level strengthens coordination and introduces chords. The exercises remain in 5 finger patterns with no staff. They further develop technique as students get to know triads, the circle of fifths, and transposition.
- Gold Level helps students learn to transpose to all major and minor positions as they learn all major scales. By the time your students complete this book they will have confidence playing in all keys.
- Platinum Level teaches primary chords and cadences. Students will become comfortable with all major and minor keys, as well as having an introduction to composition and improvisation. They will understand the relationships within primary chords.
- Finger Fun teaches common finger techniques and includes drills on those techniques. It expands outside of the 5 finger positions, along with reviewing all major and minor keys.
- A 'Performance Ready' checklist for each level so that you and your students can visually track their progress. This is a great resource for letting students know where they stand in relation to their readiness for upcoming recitals.
- Comprehensive teacher training that walks you step-by-step through how to implement Finger Olympiad into your current lessons for best results.
- Midi files that your students can use with Synthesia, or any other midi player, so that they can both see and hear how each exercise is performed.
At this point you may be wondering how much all of this research, all of the years of experience, and the numerous field tests costs. You'd be right to think that something like this must be pretty expensive.
And it would be, if you spent all of the time that I have taking classes, studying the available material, compiling the information into a usable format, and working out all of the bugs and kinks. In fact, if you were to pay me to do all that work, you probably couldn't afford it.
If I had to put a price tag on what it cost me to develop Finger Olympiad, I would have to say it would be upwards of $50,000. Now you might be wondering if I'm insane to charge that much, but here's the great news. The price of a whole year’s access to unlimited prints (which you can resell to your students) is just $249.99. And that is a fantastic bargain when you consider how much it cost to develop.
Students who use Finger Olympiad progress at much faster rate than those who don't. In some cases, they can cut their learning time by as much as 50%. Listen to what Darla Helske of Washington, Utah had to say.
"Once my daughter began Finger Olympiad, she started progessing at least twice as fast and she seemed to enjoy practicing so much more that I didn't need to tell her to practice, thus more results faster and less frustration!"
Not only that, but as your students start making this type of unprecedented progress, your reputation will grow and you could easily end up with more students than you can handle - allowing you to raise your rates.
Listen, I know that teaching piano is often a labor of love - that you may not be making the kind of money that you would like from it ... or even much at all. I realize that for way too many piano teachers $249.99 is out of reach, which is why I'm lowering the price to just $149.99. That's a whopping 40% off. If you resell these books for the suggested retail price of $5.99 that just 25 total that you need to supply to your students to cover your costs. And since most students can go through two books in a year, you only need 13 students before you start making money on each reprint.
Now that may sound like a lot of students, especially if you're just starting out. I still remember the days when I thought I was doing great to have 3 ...
I really want you to experience the boost you'll realize in both your teaching and your income, so for a limited time, I'm slashing the price even lower - to the ridiculously low amount of $79.99.
For that basement bargain price you'll still get a one-year license to print as many books - Fast Start, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Finger Fun - as you need. You'll also get the comprehensive teacher training and the midi files for your students to use. But you need to hurry. My accountant tells me that I'm crazy to even offer this price and I'm not sure how long I'll be able to keep it.
I'm so confident that you'll love this new warm-up series that I want to do everything possible to get them into your hands - so, when you order now, I'll also throw in the following valuable resources absolutely free as my way of saying thank you.
Motivational Secretes How to Motive Your Students to Practice ($29.95 value).
This handy guide is chock-full of the latest scientific research on motivation of persuasion.
In it you'll learn how to improve the performance of not only your students, but everyone else in your life as well.
You'll discover how to use the power of the micro-commitment, how to identify which of the sixteen fundamental desires drives each student - and how to use that knowledge to motivate them to practice, be excited for recitals, and eager to learn more.
Once you discover how to do this, your teaching will become so much easier. You'll love teaching lessons, your students will accomplish more than they may have thought possible, and you won't have to work as hard to keep students or get new ones.
This guide alone could catapult you into the upper echelons of teaching.
7 Steps to Incredibly Productive Practicing Poster ($4.99).
Help your students make the most progress every time they practice.
Once you receive this PDF, you're free to print and distribute it as many times as you like.
I use this poster with all my students and my life is so much simpler now. My students know exactly how to practice. It's almost like I'm sitting with them each time they sit down at the piano, reminding them of good habits.
Repertoire List ($2.99) Help your students keep track of all of their performance songs in one easy-to-reference location.
No more scribbling lists on paper that gets lost ... or trying to squeeze everinthing onto a tiny Post-it© note that's too hard to read ...
This handy reference will make you look more professional.
When you purchase Finger Olympiad - Musicianship Made Easy, you are getting so much more than just a warm-up series. You're getting a complete system of motivation. You'll get the tools and foundational principales that you need to activate motivation in your students, in yourself, and everyone else in your life. You're also getting a system that's built on the latest research into how our brains really learn.
These techniques will accelerate your students' progress, helping them to master the techniques and skills of musicianship on a deeper level and at a pace that will keep them excited and motivated.
You'll find that your reputation will grow and you'll have more students wanting to take from you, without having to spend much time (if any at all) to market yourself. You'll join the ranks of the upper tier of teachers who can charge more for lessons, take on the students they want to, and set their schedule to fit their needs.
You won't have to struggle to get students to practice, you'll have less stress, and you'll be able to sleep better at night knowing that tomorrow's lessons will go smoothly.
So, go ahead and give Finger Olympiad a try. See how it can improve your teaching and the results your students get. Turn yourself into a student magnet.
Oh, one more thing ... let me tell you about my student recitals. I place trophies and awards on the piano before we start. That way everyone can see them as they enter. Then, when each student comes up to perform, I announce what they have won and everyone claps. My students really love that - those who've worked hard get needs of recognition, status, honor, and vindication filled. Those who haven't completed books are more motivated to finish.
Here's to your success,
P.S. I almost forgot to mention the two surprise bonuses that will be yours if you order today. These are in addition to all of the other thank you gifts that I'll give you just for trying Finger Olympiad. You'll also get the Practice Tips Package (a $5.99 value) and the complete Practice Schedule Package (a $3.99 value).
Here's the thing though. I don't know how long I can convince my accountant to give you all these resources absolutely free. He's insisting that we're losing far too much money doing it this way.