Last week a huge windstorm knocked out power in our part of the woods. Because of the lack of power, and an enormous tree that had fallen across the road, Parent-Teacher Interviews at Lexi’s school were cancelled (as was my hockey game… but that’s an equally frustrating story for a different time).
Andrea and I were really disappointed to miss the interviews, not because we want to keep tabs on Lexi’s progress (what can I say, she’s a great kid!) but because we love to see what Lexi has been up to.
It is always a wonderful eye opener to walk into a classroom and see what really goes on. There are so many fabulous projects and activities that don’t get mentioned when Lexi comes home from school… and I always leave feeling great appreciation for her teachers.
Which is exactly why I think piano teachers should hold a student-led interview day too!
Student-Led Interviews… Piano Style
At least once a term, I think piano teachers should dedicate an entire week to student-led interviews where parents come to piano lessons and are guided through a piano lesson by their child, NOT the teacher.
It is not an onerous task to set up, and could follow a schedule similar to the one laid out below:
- Student and parent begin with a call and response (clap back style) warm-up. Kick the fun up a notch by substituting drums or tambourines in place of the common clap.
- Student and parent complete a story-based technical warm-up like this one. The parent can read the story while the student plays the piano.
- Student and Parent play a duet on the piano. To prepare for this, compose a ridiculously easy accompaniment to a piece your student has perfected.
- Student and Parent play a piano game.
- Student and Parent take a tour of the student’s piano binder (show off all the awesome repertoire and activities you hand out!)
- Student, Parent, and Teacher discuss stars, wishes, concerns etc.
And Then The Magic Happens
After student-led interviews, many magical things tend to happen. The most wonderful of these being increased student motivation, improved parent-teacher relationships, and hopefully… new registrations from all of the wonderful word-of-mouth you have no doubt received!
So break out your calendar, schedule it in, and let the world know how awesome your piano lessons are!