On your mark, get set…goals!

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Little girl playing the piano

What better time than the start of a new school year to talk about musical goal-setting?

Especially if your student took the summer off from music lessons, they are a beginner, or if they need a little boost to get their head back in the game, setting goals they are genuinely excited about can jumpstart the beginning of regularly scheduled lessons and practice.

“Goals help to keep the student on track, as well as boost their confidence and give them a sense of accomplishment,” said Piano Power instructor Jacqueline Arrigo. “Large success stories can be seen in successful recitals, and smaller ones seen when a student is excited to show you what they mastered.”

Take a few minutes to talk to your student about a fun goal that will keep them engaged and motivated throughout the semester; we’ve listed some ideas below. Be sure to keep your teacher in the loop—he or she probably has some goal-setting tricks up their sleeve.

Many studies have shown that written goals are more effective. With that in mind, we’ve created a free goal setting worksheet to help get the juices flowing. We suggest keeping a copy near your student’s instrument for easy and constant access.

Good luck!

Goal ideas:

  • Have a repertoire of __ (#) songs to play at a family concert
  • Play a song from memory
  • Play with two hands at a time
  • Play a favorite song on the radio
  • Play a duet with teacher/friend/family member
  • Pick an ambitious recital song and start practicing now
  • If your child is interested in singing, set a goal to play an instrument and sing at the same time
  • Download our free goal-setting worksheet.

    Goal-setting worksheet

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