Teaching tip- The Pantene Rule

I’m starting to get old. I can tell because I keep referencing advertisements that none of my younger students know. They then look at me with a mixture of pity and amusement which doesn’t help at all. One of my favourite old ads that I frequently come back to is from Pantene.


For those of you in foreign climes, or are perhaps are too young to remember and therefore are here just to make me feel old all over again, Pantene is a haircare brand that a few years back advertised their products with the tagline:


It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen


This, my friends, is teaching gold. So often, as both players and teachers, we encounter music or technical challenges that are not designed for instant gratification. In fact, often it is exactly the opposite. New music, new fingerings, new techniques can challenge even the best of us for some period of time.

For some students, this can be an exhilarating challenge that they are more than prepared to rise to. But for others (and I would even go so far as to say the vast majority) these challenges can be demoralising and serve only as a reminder about what they can’t do now, not what they one day will do.


It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen

The Pantene rule.


I teach all my students what this rule is. And time and again, when the frustrations are mounting and they can’t get the hang of that fingering, or harmonic or nasty jump I can remind them- the Pantene rule. You don’t have to get it all right now. Keep practicing- it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.



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