How the elimination of home practice wars led to happy parents and a growing piano studio
Audrey had been teaching piano for 17 years before she discovered WunderKeys. Her experience in teaching special needs children and diverse populations in alternative schools had given her a deep understanding of how children learn and a passion for providing all children with the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of music-making.
“My philosophy is that all children are musical and deserve the opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of music making if they wish.”
When Audrey found WunderKeys she knew it fit perfectly with what she hoped to provide to the children in her studio.
“The WunderKeys preschool books seemed to have all the components of a multi-sensory approach. The skills I wanted to teach first were already there in bright, beautiful colors with rhymes, meaningful iconic notation, teacher/student duets and stories and characters.”
Audrey was thrilled to have found a method that would allow her to reach preschool-aged children, but also a method that lent itself naturally to teaching children with different learning paces and styles. In fact, her very first WunderKeys student was a six-year old child with special needs. Soon after starting her first WunderKeys student she added four new preschool students and word-of mouth continued to spread.
Audrey’s other students wanted to know why they weren’t using WunderKeys.
Audrey quickly found she wasn’t alone in her enthusiasm for the WunderKeys books. Her students who weren’t yet using WunderKeys were taking notice.
“As soon as my existing students started to see other children walking around with WunderKeys books they immediately wanted to know what THAT book was and WHY they didn’t have it. LOL”
This love-at-first-sight connection with a method book was something Audrey didn’t ignore. “All but one have WunderKeys now and that’s the way they want it.”
“My WunderKeys families are my best advertisement.”
Audrey quickly noticed the difference that the WunderKeys approach made in her students.
The parents of Audrey’s students were also amazed to see that their children loved to practice the piano at home. This regular practice resulted in exciting progress. Parents shared their enthusiasm with their friends, and a buzz about Audrey’s studio began in her community.
“Just about everyone has referred someone else. My primer students have multiplied just by word-of-mouth. I started the first one a year ago, now I have 11 students in the WunderKeys primers!”
Audrey was thrilled to see that her students were thriving and her parents were happy. Knowing that her clients were enthusiastic about her lesson offerings was encouraging.
“WunderKeys students are better note readers. They are better sight readers and demonstrate more confidence overall.
“What my families seem to like best is that their children WILL practice without a fight. They are satisfied that they are getting a good value for their investment because their children are happy, engaged and progressing.”
With WunderKeys now a fixture in her studio, Audrey’s students continue to thrive and word-of-mouth continues.
“What I love about WunderKeys as a piano teacher is that my students WILL practice because they don’t feel overwhelmed by the way the material is presented. They look forward to lessons as a pleasurable experience. By breaking up the lesson into different activities, WunderKeys removes a lot of the pressure that many of our children feel when presented with new tasks making learning to play the piano accessible to a broader section of learners. As a result, a lifetime of music making is also possible for them.”
Happy Students = Happy Teacher
But it isn’t only happy students, good practice habits and exciting progress that Audrey is enjoying. She’s also found that WunderKeys has improved the lesson experience for her as a teacher.
“As a music educator I love that my students aren’t just learning how to play the piano with WunderKeys. They are truly getting a music education. There’s always something right at my fingertips that meets every standard in music education.”