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CPTP167: 100% summer retention with Music Alive and Clinton Pratt

By Tim Topham | Creativity

Jul 26

Have you ever wanted to do something a bit different for one of your recitals? What if you could also increase summer retention rates while you’re at it?

That’s exactly what Clinton Pratt has done with his Music Alive concerts.

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Clinton holds these unique visual media concerts at the end of every summer and students are so excited to participate that there’s no way they’re going to skip out on lessons. The visual components also help students to connect to music more fully and get them more involved with their pieces.

Take a listen to find out more about how Clinton puts these Music Alive concerts together.

Transcript

If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.

In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Where the idea for Music Alive came from
  • What students can choose to do for this concert
  • How to get started with students who aren’t feeling creative
  • How to organise the other students who are involved
  • What parents think of these concerts
  • How he covers the costs and venue hire
  • The benefits of Music Alive for retention and marketing
  • What technology you would need to get started

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Do you think you might try a Music Alive style concert?

Has Clinton inspired you to try something new? What do you think about using this as a summer retention idea?

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About the Author

Tim Topham has one mission in life: to stem the tide of children quitting music lessons by helping teachers maximise student engagement through creativity, technology and innovation. Tim hosts the popular Creative Piano Teaching Podcast, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, Californian Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.