Repetition is an inevitable part of piano lessons. But we can all get sick of saying “One more time from the top!”. And if we’re sick of saying it, you can bet that our piano kids are sick of hearing it!
Here’s a quick and easy “how-to” that will change up this part of your piano lesson routine. The next time you are wanting your piano kids to “Play it again” try this activity instead.
All you need is a hat or some sort of grab bag. Write each of the 22 statements below on slips of paper and place them in the bag.
The “Whatcha Gonna Get?” Grab Bag
When you are looking for your piano student to repeat what you’ve been working on one more time, have them reach into your bag, pull out a slip, and follow one of the following instructions as they play:
1. RH one octave higher, LH one octave lower
2. Like a funeral march
3. Standing up like Jerry Lee Lewis
4. While bopping your head to the beat
5. With your right hand behind your back
6. With your tongue out
7. While humming the RH melody
8. With your left eye closed
9. Start from the middle, play to the end, then start from the beginning and play to the middle.
10. While twitching your nose like a rabbit
11. With your RH held in the air in the Start Trek salute
12. While blinking along with the beat
13. With a teacher/student chuckle after every phrase
14. While chewing imaginary gum
15. As proper as the Queen of England
16. With the worst posture you can imagine
17. With your left ear touching your left shoulder
18. Giving a quick “double-thumbs up” every time you play a G
19. With a clap after every 8 beats
20. While stomping your right foot with the first beat of every measure
21. While fidgeting on the bench like you have ants in your pants
22. With the largest most ridiculous smile you can hold on your face
It’s a simple exercise that will not only have your piano kids begging to “play it again” but will also have them learning to experiment with expression, playing with distractions, focusing more intensely… and enjoying themselves a whole lot more!
Kids learn better when you surprise them with something unexpected… something inventive. When we created “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This is Practice” we ensured it was full of surprises and completely inventive. Home practice will never be the same… we guarantee it!