I didn’t understand my teacher!
Each piano lesson was the same. Half an hour of scales followed by half an hour of Bach! I hated it!!!
Needless to say, I didn’t want to practise scales between lessons. What was the point? He certainly never told me if there was one. It just seemed like a pointless half hour of boredom each week.
Fast forward on. Now I am the teacher trying to encourage my students to practise scales!!! How ironic!
Sell the Benefits
As humans, we are much more motivated to do something if we think it will benefit us.
So what are the benefits of scales? Have we discussed them with our students? What do they think the benefits are? Here’s a few to get started: [···]