A week ago I saw a Christmas display in Costco… can you believe that?!
After my initial shock, I was reminded of how much I love Christmas (and also of how I “missed” Christmas last year thanks to a one nasty flue bug!). So, for Part 3 of our Yearly Piano Planning series I thought, well why not, I’m going to use a Christmas analogy!
Are you ready?… Here we go!
Decorating Your Yearly Piano Plan
Now, let’s imagine that the plan you now have is a bare Christmas tree… no decorations, no tinsel… just a bare tree (most likely leaning to one side and spitting needles all over the floor). To take that bare tree and turn it into something to behold we’re going to need to dress it up.
Here’s How I Decorate My Yearly Piano Plan
Just as a Christmas tree needs decorations, garland, lights and tinsels to make it beautiful, piano students need a variety of learning activities to become beautiful musicians; sitting on a bench, playing through method book repertoire just won’t cut it.
Ready to beautify your lesson planning? Here’s how to make it happen:
1. Look at each concept listed on your scope and sequence and then decide…
- what is the main underlying goal of this concept?
- what materials do I have that reinforce this concept? and
- what alternative teaching methods could I use to reinforce this concept?
2. For each concept, attempt to have the following:
- A theory game or hands-on activity that reinforces the concept (we make this easy with a $8 monthly membership to PianoGameClub.com!)
- Motivating supplementary repertoire that has a heavy focus on the concept
- Ear training games that work on hearing the concept
- A composing or improv activity that uses aspects of that particular concept
3. Stay organized by writing your “extras” directly onto your yearly lesson plan. Or, if you work better digitally, create folders on your computer and drag and drop your resources into the corresponding folders. Make note of any areas/concepts that lack materials and, as you spend your out-of-teaching-time searching, search with these goals in mind.
And that’s it!
Your “spruced up” yearly piano plan will be a gift to your students and a joy to teach. You’ll also notice that your lessons have complete clarity. Not only do you have skill and knowledge acquisition goals for your students, but your lesson activities will have become completely integrated and streamlined, making weekly lesson planning a snap!