While on a ferry trip to the mainland this past weekend I started chatting with the woman sitting next to me. As we chatted, she was organizing her weekly schedule in a planner; she had three kids, each with multiple sports activities, music lessons and dance classes. By the time she was done, her week ended up looking like something from a top secret military strategy book.
It was a good reminder that our piano students’ weeks are often a seven-day marathon. And for your youngest students, their piano lessons can be a moment filled with peace and solitude and undivided, positive attention.
…Which is why it’s great to include off-the-bench activities in every lesson. These moments of out-of-the-box teaching do so much more than simply reinforce important theory or ear training concepts. They also give your students the chance to sit across from a smiling adult who has nothing else to do but play with them. And that is a truly glorious thing to a small child.
Getting into the routine of including off-the-bench games and activities helps to strengthen your students’ connection to their piano lessons (and to you!)… which helps to improve motivation to practice, and ultimately, your studio’s retention rate.
To make sure you have a never-ending supply of off-the-bench activities, we’re sharing another fun activity that you can print and play this afternoon. It helps to solidify recognition of steps on the treble staff. Print it, grab a piano student who needs a moment of one-on-one fun and enjoy!
Stepping Into Piano Lesson Fun
Today’s game (see download instructions below) requires hardly any preparation and will be an activity your students will ask for again and again. It will help your students remember the “line to a space” or “a space to a line” rule when searching for steps on the staff. Here’s how to play:
- To begin, players use pennies to cover all of the note images on the game board (one penny per note).
- Next, Player 1 removes two pennies from the game board. If the revealed notes represent a step, Player 1 keeps the pennies and plays again. If the revealed notes represent a skip, a leap, or a repeat, the pennies are returned to the game board and Player 1’s turn is over.
- Player 2 performs Step 2. Players continue alternating turns until one player collects six coins and wins the game.
Find Today’s Printable Here
You can find today’s activity by clicking the Note Reading Tab in the Printables section of WunderKeys.com.
And while you’re there, be sure to check out our “recently released” WunderKeys Primer Piano Book 1. It is the first of three books to be released in our WunderKeys Primer Method Book Series with Books 2 and 3 to follow in late November and January.
When we created our WunderKeys approach to method books, we did so with one goal in mind: to produce method books that would be as beloved as a favorite bedtime story. We knew that if piano students loved their books, the benefits would extend into home practice and student retention and therefore into word-of-mouth and studio success.
This is why our WunderKeys method books are like nothing you’ve ever seen on the music store shelf. Our loveable characters and story-based design create an instant connection with your students that extends beyond lesson time into home practice time. Visit WunderKeys.com to learn more.