Phew! For most, recital season is over… and there’s champagne flowing like water in the homes of piano teachers everywhere 😉
And then the weekend is over and we all start back at ‘er the following Monday. No rest for the weary…
As most of you know, Trevor and I hold piano teachers near and dear to our hearts and making your lives easier is one of our favourite endeavors. So today we’re sharing the Top 6 Teach Piano Today Freebies that I myself use most frequently.
As you wind down from spring session into summer lessons, today’s post is the perfect resource to help make your studio life more streamlined and enjoyable.
The Top 6 Most Useful Teach Piano Today Printables
Okay… we know “Top 6” isn’t the typical number but I truly do use the following six printables so often it just didn’t seem right to whittle it down to “Top 5”.
Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for details on an awesome (and time sensitive) giveaway!
1. Lesson Assignment Sheets – these sheets are designed to keep your students’ piano binders organized, fun to view, and approachable (especially for those young learners who take on the responsibility to practice at home). We’ve included several themed ones for different seasons and in preparation for today’s post we even included some summer-themed ones.
2. The “Don’t Get Stuck” Sheet – If you have students who get stuck on something while practicing at home and then put the breaks on all progress until their next lesson, this little printable is just what you need. Slip it in the front of their binders and pre-emptively strike, making weeks of lost practice and progress a thing of the past.
3. Shout This From The Kitchen – It’s likely that most of your piano parents don’t really know how to help with home practice. And it’s a known fact (or maybe even a law of the universe) that assistance from parents at home has an incedibly positive impact on piano student progress. This printable makes it easy for parents to be involved… no matter how busy they may be. It’s been shared almost 900 times on Facebook… so you’re missing out if you don’t have it already!
4. Piano Practice Speech Bubbles – If you’ve ever wished you could clone yourself and hop into your piano students’ music bags to help them with their home practice then this printable is the next best thing. Insert your helpful comments and it’s like your voice is right there beside them at every home practice session.
5. The New Piece Cheat Sheet – This sheet is used with every new piece my students tackle. It’s a condensed version of what we cover in the lesson, but I like my students to also do the 4 steps at home to internalize the “learning a new piece” process. If you’ve ever wondered how you can make the learning of new repertoire more streamlined, this is the printable for you.
6. Creatures of Habit – This is a more recent printable that’s entered my studio and it’s really working. Teaching my students to build good practice habits is tops on my list and these little reminders work! One teacher recently wrote to say, “My student that I gave one of these to is actually practicing more and it is showing up in her lessons. Thanks for sharing these!” If you missed them the first time, grab them here.
It’s Time for a Giveaway!
These are my Top 6… but we want to hear from you! What would you recommend that other teachers use most from the Teach Piano Today blog? How has it made a difference to your students? Sound off in the comments below before midnight PST on Thursday, June 4, 2015. THREE lucky commenters will each get a resource of their choice from the Teach Piano Today Store (excluding WunderKeys, PianoBookClub, and PianoGameClub).