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September 30, 2017

Angela Triandafillou Jones completed a series of blog posts as part of a "book club," centered around Adele Faber's and Elaine Mazlish's book "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & How to Listen So Kids Will Talk." Angela's reflections on each chapter of this book offer us great insight as teachers...

Louise Goss once said, “(I hope) everybody would begin to grasp this notion that it’s the child first, music second, and only third is the piano.”

“How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” serves as a powerful reminder that we are teaching the child first.  It explains how to do th...

“Never underestimate the power of your words upon a young person’s life!”

Chapter 6 illustrates the often self-fulfilling prophecy of assigning roles or labels to children.  Our words, actions, and even our inner opinions of our students can have a strong impact on their behavior, and ultimately, whe...

What can we, as teachers, do to help build our students’ self-esteem, increase their motivation, and instill them with confidence?  Ideas from the previous chapters are a good start: respecting children’s feelings, and allowing them to make choices and solve problems on their own. When we think of p...

Chapter 4 brings to mind this quote from Frances Clark:

“My primary goal as a piano teacher is to create a climate in which my students can experience continual musical, intellectual, and emotional growth, and to become increasingly dispensable to them in the process. Everything I do as a teacher, an...

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