Nine months ago our oldest daughter (Lexi) started kindergarten. I find it hard to believe that her first year of school is already coming to an end! And yet, all of the typical end-of-year field trips are happening, and they serve as repeated reminders that her first year is indeed coming to a close.
And it got me thinking… why don’t piano teachers head off on field trips with their students? After all, off-the-bench activities can be very motivating!
Why It’s Time To Hit the Town
To the private piano teacher, field trips are much more than a fun activity. Check out the three major benefits of piano teaching field trips:
1. Community Builder
Nothing builds a studio’s reputation faster than a strong community of students and parents who want to sing your praises. By heading out on experiences as a group, your piano students will develop a connection with one another. This connection leads to a feeling of community and a sense of belonging.
Consider the popularity of high school sports: everyone rallies around the local team because they feel a sense of connection and belonging. Building this same sense of belonging in an individual activity like piano lessons can be challenging, unless you go out of your way to bring you community together.
2. Retention Re-enforcer
In my opinion, keeping current students is much more important that finding brand new students. One way to keep students coming back year after year is to provide a well-rounded curriculum that involves much more than a single weekly music lesson. So, along with group lessons, duet classes, rock bands, piano parties and composing concerts… consider taking your students on a field trip.
3. Learning Experience
This is probably obvious, but the learning experiences from field trips are invaluable. Sometimes the best teacher is not a teacher at all; sometimes the best way to learn about dynamics, harmonies, and phrasing is to see it happening live!
Where To Go, What To Do?
The opportunities for field trips are endless. The obvious ones are local symphonies, orchestras, and musical theater productions. But don’t rule out pop/indie concerts, marimba classes, street musicians, or a visit to the shop of a local piano technician. And hey, in my modern music class in university, I had to analyze the recordings of barnacles being washed by the waves… so maybe you could somehow work out a way to get to the beach! 🙂
Do you have a great idea for a piano studio field trip? If so, share your ideas by entering a comment below.