* When focus is a problem in piano class

From across the world, Eliza points out that every child who seems unfocused does not have an attention disorder. Interest level, the teacher’s instructional style, and overall lifestyle can create situations that make kids zone out- or bounce off the walls. Eliza’s kids are lucky to have her!

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A brief glimpse of the teacher’s struggle

The piano teacher points to a note and asks the student to name it. The student answers  correct, if you consider that he/she is looking at a note somewhere else, and answering. And it’s the same with written instructions like ‘Name the first note at the top left of the page.’

The teacher needs to ask this child to point out the note he/she is talking about, and will then see that her student knows everything but is just not paying attention, so is looking in the wrong place and answering. There’s a lot more kids like this in recent years.

The first year of piano class

This student had difficulty paying attention from the very first class and it took the teacher a few classes to figure out the problem. He/she needed very patient teaching, lots of questions, asked in different ways…

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