Successful piano teachers know that building a community among studio families is the key to a lasting business. A sense of belonging will keep students coming back year after year after year.
And the perfect setting for fostering a sense of community is a piano recital. During a recital your entire studio is in one room. You must seize this opportunity and strengthen those bonds.
Today we’re sharing one idea that will not only accomplish this task, but will keep your students engaged and interested throughout your entire recital. Your young students will be focused on other performances in a mindful way, all the while, passing on warm fuzzies to their peers.
Build Community With Piano Recital BINGO
Today’s printable will help your students get to know their peers, build feelings of confidence and pride, become present and mindful listeners during live performances, and accentuate performance goals.
To use Piano Recital BINGO print out multiple copies of the activity sheet (click on the image below to download – it prints well in color or in black and white) and then distribute the sheets, along with pencils, as your students arrive at the recital (students only, not other audience members). Note: I Highly recommend selecting a senior student to do this task for you!
At the beginning of the recital read the descriptions inside each box on the activity sheet and then explain to your students that, as the recital progresses, they should fill in each box with the name of a performer who matches the description in a box. For example, if a box says, “Used lots of dynamic contrast,” the students should fill in the name of a performer who played her piece with lots of dynamic contrast.
Instruct your students to: 1. Use their recital program as a reference when filling students’ names into the boxes, and 2. Fill in every box by the time the recital is over.
At the end of your recital, collect all of the sheets. Give a small prize to any student who has written a name into every box and achieved a Piano Recital Bingo.
Following your recital, post them in your studio (be sure there is an even distribution of names and add in some of your own completed sheets if some students didn’t get mentioned). Finally, encourage your students to find their names on the sheets during their next lessons so they can bask in their warm fuzzies! 🙂
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