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CPTP129: Why “Practice” might be killing your studio business with Danny Thompson

By Tim Topham | Deliberate Practice

Jun 01

Is the way we approach practice in our studios all wrong? Are our practice expectations unrealistic or counterproductive?

Danny Thompson and I will unpack this idea of taking practice and homework out of the equation and focusing instead on inspiring our students and growing their love of music.

Danny Thompson

Could this be a useful experiment in your studio? Explore this controversial idea of not having a practice requirement for beginning lessons with your students on today’s episode and see why it’s not quite as crazy as it first sounds.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why Danny is changing the practice expectation in his studio
  • What it can do when you remove the homework discussion from lessons
  • Why it’s so hard to change our thinking and habits in this area
  • How we can inspire students to want to practise
  • The impact of the coolness and likeability factor on retention
  • How this comes across in Danny’s communication and website

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Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run.

Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons!

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What do you think of this new way to view beginner practice?

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About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.