Whether you continue teaching through the summer or take a well-deserved break, how you approach the coming months in your studio can have a serious impact on your success when a new teaching year rolls around.
Many teachers assume that this means they MUST teach through the summer to maintain a thriving studio. But this is not necessarily the case.
During the summer months, you actually have three options: 1. you can teach through the summer, 2. you can create a summer self-study plan for your students and then take time off, or 3. you can simply wave goodbye to your students as they leave their final lessons.
The first option is fantastic… but you must bring some added excitement to your lessons to compete with the fun of summer. The second option is wonderful… if you can create a simple self-study program. And the third option is entirely up to you 🙂
In today’s post, we’re previewing an adventurous composing resource for anyone who selects Option 1 and Option 2… which we believe are the best approaches to summer piano study.
Summer Piano Study MUST Be Fun
For most people, the summer months represent some much-needed downtime before the chaos of a new school year. But taking an extended break from the piano can be detrimental to your students’ development.
So during these months it is a great idea to provide a fun and motivating project that keeps kids excited during these lazy, sunny days.
May’s Book of the Month from PianoBookClub is a great resource for achieving this goal. If you choose to teach during the summer months, it will provide the necessary motivation that keeps your kids excited about coming to your studio. And if you take the summer months off, it provides an easy-to-follow, self-study project that can be completed independently.
May’s Book – Castaway Kip and the Magical Motives
After being locked in the grips of a raging, stormy sea, Castaway Kip awakens on the sands of a deserted island, shipwrecked and alone… or so he thinks! Kip quickly discovers that a host of kooky island characters have swiped his sailing gear. If he ever hopes to leave the island, Kip must use his composing creativity to rescue his wreck, rebuild his ship, and set sail for home.
Castaway Kip and the Magical Motives has the memorable characters, engaging illustrations, and creative music that teachers need to capture the imaginations of their piano students, giving them the tools and the motivation required to compose seven original piano pieces.
Designed to make music creation fun and accessible for your elementary-level piano students, this book is a simple-to-follow, step-by-step resource that will take you and your students on a rollicking adventure into the world of composing music.
Check Out The Flip-Through Preview Below
Castaway Kip and the Magical Motives was May 2017’s Book of the Month from PianoBookClub. To see this month’s book visit PianoBookClub.com.