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I agree with Jessica on this topic. At this point in the technology age, SmartMusic is a great tool to use to help your students learn music with relative ease. Parental involvement is always key for a child’s success too, and this helps promote that without the parents having to go out of their way to do anything.
Also, from a personal standpoint, I have found if the students like what they are playing then they are more likely to want to practice it. I personally hate etudes so I just avoid practicing them, but if I am preparing a solo for a recital then I will practice beyond comprehension. Each student is different, obviously, so I guess its all a matter of what motivates your student and how it can be easily obtained.
Kent State University, OH