A new second grade piano student taught me a valuable lesson in being very specific and not assuming any prior knowledge when teaching beginners. I was introducing him to the concept of a repeat sign in our last lesson.
Me: “This symbol is called a repeat sign. Whenever you come to one, you go back to the beginning of the song and play it again.”
Him: (kneeling on piano bench, and turning toward me with a look of amazement/horror on his face) “So…this song lasts….FOREVER?!?!”
Always give full definitions when teaching a new concepts!
Repeat Sign: In music, a repeat sign is a sign that indicates a section should be repeated. If the piece has one repeat sign alone, then that means to repeat from the beginning, and then continue on (or stop, if the sign appears at the end of the piece).