This leads me to wonder how to motivate students to practice. There are skads of various rewards and techniques, but none of them really stand out to me as things that will make a huge difference in whether a student is intrinsically motivated to practice or not. It seems the kids who truly and naturally LOVE their instrument will practice without being asked. And vice versa, students who practice often end up LOVING their instrument and therefore want to practice even more, creating a cyclical momentum. How can we create that? Is the chicken, or the egg first?
This is an excellent article on practice: http://beingmusicalbeinghuman.com/2011/04/19/boosting-intrinsic-motivation-for-music-learning/
It seems the strategies include having the student work on songs they actually listen to at home (the genres they love), ensembles, and letting them choose their own songs.
I welcome comments here from any students, parents or teaching artists who have had particular success with getting their students to feel intrinsically motivated to practice. Thank you for your comments!