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Curiosity and music lessons

You can teach a student a lesson for a day but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity he will continue the learning process as long as he lives

Clay P Bedford

How do you spark your students’ curiosity in music lessons?

Curiosity is defined in the dictionary as “a strong desire to know or learn something”. When a student starts lessons they are eager to explore this new world and are often filled with wonder and fascination (unless they are being forced to learn – but that’s another topic!).

I love those first lessons with very young beginners as they are usually completely full to the brim with curiosity and want to explore the mysteries of the piano – the sounds it makes, what the pedals do, etc. They often have so many questions and, in fact, sometimes curiosity gets in the way of listening!

My older learners are curious too but in a much more measured way. They are keen to learn a new skill, acquire new knowledge and explore something that interests them..

So how do you keep your students curious to learn? I would love to hear your thoughts.

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