When students return to lessons in the weeks and months ahead, resist the urge to charge forward into their method books.
Our first impulse as teachers is always to get right to work. Kids have been away from the piano bench too long and its time to get things done. This impulse, however, can lead to a negative start to piano lessons that will be more detrimental to a studio than a perceived lack of progress.
So, in today’s post, we’re going to share an equally-productive alternative to rushing head-on into method books during your studio startup!
The first few piano lessons of a new school year are all about building or re-building relationships with your students and settling into the routines of school. Once you’ve built the foundation for successful piano lessons, your students will be ready to settle into some serious piano study.
But this doesn’t mean that you should ignore piano instruction for the first few weeks of lessons. Instead, you should engage in an enjoyable musical project that is fun, motivating and well within your students’ skill sets.
The resource we’re sharing today is the perfect example of one such project for your early-elementary piano students.
A Composing Project For The First Few Weeks Of Lessons
If your piano students went crazy for James B. Daring and the Magical Motives they are going to be thrilled that we have released the next adventure in our composing series.
Penny Petticrew and the Magical Motives is July’s Piano Book of the Month from Teach Piano Today!
Lonely days spent caring for her aging aunt have left Penny longing for company. When her aunt suggests she find a pet, Penny sprints off to Central Park in search of a furry friend.
And that’s where your students come in!
To help Penny Petticrew find a furry friend, your students will follow composing instructions to complete seven piano pieces as her search takes her from Central Park through the heart of New York City.
If you’re using the WunderKeys Method books, this pairs perfectly with WunderKeys Primer Book Three.
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