This past weekend we decorated our house for Christmas. Our tree is up, our twinkle lights are blinking and our miniature village is looking cheery. It’s transformed our typically minimalist home into a shining spectacle.
And our 7 year old is enraptured… that’s a kind choice of words for “completely distracted and somewhat crazed”.
As I did her hair this morning she wrote down questions she’d like to ask Santa if they were to bump into each other in the hallway on Christmas Eve. While she was supposed to be brushing her teeth she was choreographing an elf dance in the bathroom. When we asked her to get dressed we found her 20 minutes later in her PJs and a Santa hat arranging her stuffed animals into a sleigh-pulling team.
At this time of year it’s next to impossible to bring children down from the high that is Christmas excitement. And really… why would we want to? It’s a magical time of year to be a kid. But that “magic” can become a problem in a piano lesson setting when you really need to make some learning happen.
To help you bring your “enraptured” little ones back to earth during the Christmas season, today we’re sharing a “Piano Printable Survival Pack” that will satisfy their need for Christmas fun while meeting your lesson goals.
Three Christmas Piano Lesson Printables For Your Young Students
Below we’re sharing three Christmas printables for beginning piano students. The littlest kiddos in your studio are generally the ones that need the most nudging when it comes to pre-Christmas piano lessons. You’ll be able to brush up on some beginning skills while capturing their attention at a time of year when they really just want to jump up and down in a sea of candy canes and gum drops.
1. Printable #1 – Shaking Presents (Finger Numbers)
Shaking Presents helps to reinforce finger numbers and identify any misunderstandings or “bad habits”. Laminate it for repeated use in your studio and get your kids tap-tapping away while solidifying their finger number recall. Click here or on the image below to download.
2. Printable #2 – Holiday Hurry (Note Reading)
Off-the-bench time in the weeks leading up to Christmas is imperative, so shake off the wiggles with this note-reading game that can be played away from the piano. Allow yourself to exist in their world of laughter for a moment and get down beside them to play along with your own game board! Click here or on the image below to download.
3. Printable #3 – Candy Cane Carry (Rhythm Practice)
Don’t let the pre-Christmas fidgets wreak havoc on your students’ rhythmic accuracy. If you’re constantly reminding your students to count, or if their understanding of rests has gone by the wayside, pull out this printable and re-build those “rhythm brain wrinkles”. Click here or on the image below to download.
Have You Heard About WunderKeys Level 1?
If you have piano students who are just about finished the WunderKeys Primer Piano Books or piano students who need a fresh and fun Level 1 method book to propel them forward, then you’ll be excited to know that the release of WunderKeys Level 1A is just around the corner (right after Christmas!)
Because the WunderKeys family is growing, we thought we should share how your piano students should move through our books:
- WunderKeys Piano For Preschoolers: Students who are between the ages of 3 and 5 should begin in our preschool method books. There are 3 books in the series.
- WunderKeys Primer Piano Series: Students who have finished our preschool piano series, or children who are new to the piano but too old for our preschool piano series should begin in our WunderKeys Primer Piano Series. There are three books in the series.
- WunderKeys Level 1: Level 1 is for kids who have completed our primer piano series or a primer series from a different publisher. WunderKeys Level 1 is not for students who are brand new to the piano. Students who are brand new to the piano need to begin in our primer series. More info on the upcoming Level 1 here!