I always tell my young piano students “every tune tells a tale”. It helps them connect to the pieces they are playing, which in turn helps them become better at memorizing and interpreting piano pieces.
Today’s piano teaching activity will show you how to teach young students to find the story in every piano piece (even if the composer did not intend the piece to be story-based).
Every Tune Tells a Tale
You will need:
1. One photocopied piano piece on colored paper (be sure you abide by copyright laws)
2. One blank sheet of white paper
3. Scissors/ Glue/ Pencil Crayons
Music Connections Are Crucial
Turning piano pieces into stories makes music relevant for young piano students as it turns abstract sounds into concrete images. If you have used The Adventures of Fearless Fortissimo or our technical exercise resource TEDDtales then you know how valuable an exciting story line can be to the development of a student’s piano skills.