Despite how frequently it happens, it can still be demoralizing for teachers when a student quits lessons. In order to make sure your students are continuing with music lessons (and enjoying them), it’s important to understand why some quit in the first place.
Here are just a few reasons:
- They don’t like lessons: It’s important to accept that not everyone enjoys the experience of taking music lessons. If a particular person is not enjoying music after a prolonged period of time in participating. don’t try and get them to enjoy it. We all have our own interests and desires and that needs to be respected.
- They took a break and never started up again: Improving as a musician is dependent on routinely practicing while taking lessons. A prolonged period away from the routine, like a vacation, can make it difficult for a student to get back in the groove. If you haven’t heard from a student or their family since they took a break, don’t be afraid to reach out to see if they would like to start lessons again.
- Parental Support: Sometimes when parents are too involved, students feel they may be being forced into music. Lack of parent involvement can also result in a child quitting. Being a successful music teacher requires consistent communication with parents to make sure they have the perfect amount of involvement in their child’s lesson experience.
- Dislike of teaching methods: Sometimes things won’t click, and you shouldn’t take it personally. Try and adapt your lesson style to fit your student’s interests. There are many materials found online that can be helpful in improving your lessons. For example, Compoze’s ScoreSkills app uses interactive activities to make learning music fun and accessible. For some, this may be an easier way to learn music without anxiety or hardship.
- They don’t want to practice: A student can’t improve if they are unwilling to practice. That’s why diversifying practice activities can keep a student engaged and wanting to take more lessons. The ScoreSkills app is also an amazing fit for this situation, as students can learn more and practice their abilities easily and on a daily basis.
At the end of the day, it’s a fact that music education is incredibly important for developing language skills, coordination, and pattern recognition. So stay diligent and motivated in your teaching so your students will be too!