If you’ve read through and executed Part 1 of our Yearly Planning Series you now have your very own piano teaching framework.
The rest of this post assumes you’ve chosen “Option Two” to build your scope and sequence (meaning it was created using more than one method book as reference), and you are now faced with the daunting task of finding repertoire to match the scope and sequence of your new yearly framework.
And You’re Probably Thinking…
How do I pick and choose appropriate repertoire without having my students purchase a billion books, all while keeping myself on the right side of copyright law?
There is an answer! Here are 4 steps to making repertoire selections work for you and your students…
Step 1: Narrow your choices down to a select two or three method books that you feel comfortable using (what “sits right” with your teaching personality). Now, compare the scope and sequence of each of these chosen method books to your framework. When doing this, look for the method book that best matches your framework… I consider anything over a 60% match to be great!
Step 2: As mentioned in Part 1, there is no such thing as a perfect method book; but there is a “best match” method book. Once you’ve found your “best match” method book, make a list of its areas of weakness; what is missing or not covered in depth in the book that is found on your framework?
Step 3: Next, search for repertoire in different method books and different supplementary repertoire sources that match the concepts that are on your list of method book “weaknesses” to address and strengthen these areas.
Step 4: Finally, build your lending library! We don’t want families to have to buy two or three method books, so instead, have them purchase the “best match” method book, and when you need to address areas of weakness with repertoire found elsewhere, your students can simply borrow the necessary book from your lending library.
And that’s it for repertoire selection! If you’ve followed along in Part 1 and Part 2 you should have a year’s worth of method book repertoire that is tailored to each and every student in your studio. Next up in the series, we’ll be looking at supplementary activities and repertoire that can turn a year of piano lessons from “okay” into “awesome”!
Get Rid of Method Book Weakness Without Breaking The Bank
If you’re looking for repertoire to supplement your “best match” method books then you’ll definitely want to check out PianoBookClub.com. Every month we send our members a brand new piano book that they can print out forever and ever and ever… with no worries of infringing copyright (as long as its for use in their personal studios).