CPTP122: The Motivation Equation with Samantha Coates (Part 1)

motivation equation samantha coates part 1


Motivating students to practice is a big topic for piano teachers. In fact, it’s probably the biggest one.

Tackling this area is no small undertaking, and I’m delighted to welcome Samantha Coates to the podcast to talk us through it. In this three-part series Samantha is unpacking motivation and parent education, and what leads to students that are intrinsically motivated to practice.

In this first episode, Samantha discusses overscheduled students and how teachers can educate the parents about practice expectations. She also explains the difference between “if-then” and “now-that” rewards and why this distinction is so important to make.

Ultimately, at the end of this series, I hope you will have started to understand how you can move your students into that top green square of the motivation matrix. Let’s get started.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why kids are so overscheduled these days
  • What we can do with these overscheduled students from the first meeting
  • The best way to use rewards in our studios
  • Why we do need some extrinsic motivation
  • How we can better understand our students’ motivation
  • The biggest change you can make straight away in your teaching

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Do you give out rewards in your studio?

How do you think this affects your students’ motivation? Has Samantha changed how you think about rewards and motivators?

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