It’s almost December… and that means that kids are majorly distracted. Everywhere they look is another reminder of the most exciting day of the year. Schools are rehearsing for Christmas concerts, families are attending light-ups, parties and parades. Meanwhile, piano teachers everywhere are attempting to prepare students for recitals and winter exams… it’s not a great time for pianos to be collecting dust!
But Santa can help.
Everyone has heard of “Elf On The Shelf”: that little bendy toy that arrives in the homes of children and is discovered each morning up to new mischief somewhere in their home. It’s quite the project for parents to take on every December… but kids love it. This is why you’re about to get the piano teaching version from us for free – all of the the fun with none of Elf On The Shelf headaches. Check it out…
He’s Making a List, Checking it Twice…
Download the Piano Practice Elf Story to print, read, and send home with your piano students this week. It tells the story of Santa’s Piano Practice Elves… helpers who have been sent to each of your student’s homes to let Santa know who has been practicing and who has not.
Gonna Find Out Whose Naughty and Nice…
Download, print, laminate, and cut-out these elves (male practice elf) or (female practice elf). Using double-sided sticky tape, create a practice elf for each of your students. This little elf will be checking up on your piano students to see if their practice habits are worthy of a tree full of presents… or a lump of coal.
How To Make it Work In Your Piano Studio
This parent info sheet for practice elves for practice elves will explain the Piano Practice Elf story to your student’s parents. Basically, this practice elf will hide somewhere in your student’s piano book. Parents move the elf each night after their child goes to sleep; sticking it to a different piece in the book each night. It’s the child’s job each morning to search their piano book and practice the piece he or she was found on… they just love the surprise of seeing the elf magically move in their piano book!
It’s the time of year where the mention of Santa can turn even the most mischievous child into a little angel. Why not cash in on this motivation and get some serious piano practice and review happening during the month where piano practice historically slumps?! You’re about to become the most clever piano teacher around… give it a try!
Successful piano students are practicing piano students. As piano teachers this is a battle we wage on a daily basis… how do you get your students to practice regularly?! At Teach Piano Today, we’re full of fun ideas to make practice happen…. and we’ve put 88 of those ideas into one book. “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Practice” is the best way to get your students practising for 88 days in a row!