Spring time… the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, sports are starting… oh crap… sports are starting!
For many piano teachers, spring marks the start of Missed Piano Lessons Season, where sports try to compete for the attention of our piano students. Tired from a plethora of activities, kids and parents may be tempted to give piano lessons a pass every now and again (kind of a pain considering most teachers are prepping for end-of-year recitals!)
But what if we included sports IN piano lessons? What if students could hone their soccer skills while learning piano. Then we win, right?
Maybe not… but let’s give it a go anyways! Today’s activity may not be a replacement for fun on the soccer pitch, but it’s a great way to get your active kiddos up and moving while reinforcing theory concepts at the same time.
The Soccer Studio’s Dynamic Dribbling
In this activity we’re going to use a soccer ball to reinforce your piano students’ understanding of dynamic markings all the while giving them an active brain break.
Purchase a soccer ball with a checked design of white and black (or blue or any other color). In each of the white spaces use a washable marker to write a dynamic marking. Position yourself and your piano students at opposite ends of your studio. Now (gently!) kick the soccer ball back and forth to one another.
Instruct your piano students to trap the ball on each reception by bringing the front of their foot down on the ball. When the ball is trapped beneath their foot ask them to read out and define the dynamic marking that is closest to their big toe.
And that’s it! A super simple brain break that can be used to reinforce dynamics, note values, note reading, articulation marks and much, much more! Just change the markings and play away.
Step Up Your Game
Another way to step up your game during the busy spring season is to use our resource Pssst… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Theory as a recital lead-up practice incentive. With 88 inspiring activities, your students will be pumped to practice piano each and every day ensuring your recital is a smashing success!