I love opportunities to learn about my piano students. The more I get to know about their lives outside of the studio, the more I understand what makes them tick. So, when kids return from summer break, I jump on the opportunity to learn about their worlds.
Kids who are usually pretty tight-lipped will spill their guts when it comes to their summer vacations. After all, kids love summer!
So today I wanted to share with you a fun “Welcome Back” printable that will help you bond with your piano students while infusing that all important piano education.
How To Play “Sounds of Summer” With Your Piano Students
The first thing you are going to want to do is print and laminate the piano printable pack found here. This document contains three printables; one for your little ones, one for your eight and nine year olds and one for your ten, eleven, and twelve year olds.
Next, label five popsicle sticks, cards, or plastic bottle caps with the numbers 1 – 5 and place them into a bag.
With the printable on the piano, explain to your student that she will be using the piano to answer a few questions about her summer and then do the following:
- Ask your student to remove a numbered item from the bag and hand it to you.
- Read the question on the piano printable that corresponds to the number on the item removed from the bag.
- Instruct your student to answer the question by playing the piano according to the instructions at the top of the sheet (ie. play a major chord if the answer is YES or play a minor chord if the answer is NO).
- Have your piano student continue to remove items from the bag until none remain.
- For fun, switch roles with your piano student, so that you have a turn answering the questions too!
Personal Connections Make For Happy Studios
If your students feel connected to you through more than simply music, your piano teaching career can be infinitely more rewarding! Get started on the right foot with your very first piano lesson of the fall.
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