When teaching teens piano you’re walking a fine line between keeping motivation high and technical skills strong. You want your teens to be enthusiastic, but you also want them to be learning progressively harder skills. This, no doubt, results in a silent tug-of-war in your mind… Should I ignore that hiccucp or should I fix it? Will she get discouraged if I point out that error? Will I lose his cooperation if I insist on correct fingering?
As piano teachers we feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to impart proper technique to our students… but once we’re “in the trenches” simply keeping teens coming to piano lessons can take over as our main priority. And while most of your teens’ “technical troubles” can be solved with scale, chord and arpeggio practice, these workouts are pretty much the most boring things you can assign to teen piano students. Until now…
Today we’re tackling technique troubles and blasting away boredom with a pop lead sheet that will have your teens grooving away to the D Major triad… without even realizing they’re completing that “dreaded” technical work!
A Teen Lead Sheet To Reinforce Triads In D Major
There is something magical about lead sheets. They can transform technical work into masterpieces with nothing more than some chord symbols and rhythmic variation.
And now we’re using this magic to breathe life into triads. Your teens’ reactions when it’s time to “drill” triads will be forever changed after today. Their faces will light up when their typically-mundane musical drills get replaced by pop-rock practice!
Today’s teen lead sheet printable reinforces triads in the D Major scale. If your students have never played from lead sheets before, don’t worry, we’ve included all necessary instructions for a successful first experience. This printable also coordinates beautifully with “The Sonata Session” from The Beethoven Sessions.
You can download the activity here or by clicking on the image below.
Are Your Teen Students Playing From The Sessions Books?
Have you had a chance to check out The Beethoven Sessions, The Chopin Sessions, and The Amadeus Anthems? If not, it might be time to introduce this repertoire collection to your teen students. These pop-infused, classical collections combine the magic of yesterday’s masterpieces with the motivating sounds of today’s pop hits.