Without a piano teacher to provide daily activities, little kids stumble through summer practice sessions.
After the passing of just a few summer days, they skip technical exercises, get bored of repertoire, and run out of musical things to do. It is not uncommon for primer and level 1 students to return to lessons in the fall having missed six weeks of piano practice.
To be honest, though, it’s not anyone’s fault.
After 10 hard months of instruction, piano teachers cannot be expected to plan a summer’s worth of practice for every student. After 10 hard months of running a family, parents deserve a break and the opportunity to let routines slide.
And that’s why we’re here to pick up the summer slack. Today, Trevor and I want to share three all-summer-long resources (including a new book series!) that will keep kids practicing while requiring no prep for parents or teachers.
Three Piano Resources For Simple Summer Practice
If you want your young piano students to stay sharp this summer, you’ll want to check out the three resources that we are showcasing below.
You’ll want to pay close attention to the third resource… as it marks the upcoming launch of a brand new book series from Andrea and Trevor Dow (that’s us!).
Summer Resource 1 – Primer Piano Storybook Composing
In January we launched our Primer Piano Storybook Composing series that includes three piano books: Barnyard Brooke and the Magical Motives, James B. Daring and the Magical Motives and Penny Petticrew and the Magical Motives.
In this heart-warming, primer piano book series that speaks to the power of music, your students will compose their way through a captivating adventure by creating missing motives (motifs) for unfinished piano pieces.
If your kids need a summer piano project that will keep them motivated for months, this series will do the trick. Click on the links below to learn more about these books on Amazon:
Summer Resource 2 – Rock Repertoire For Teen Beginners
If you are going to keep your beginning teen piano students motivated this summer you’re going to need some awesome music that can be learned independently.
With WunderKeys Rock Repertoire we are revolutionizing piano music for teen beginners. You will not find Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, or Mary Had A Little Lamb in this book. Instead, you will find rock-infused music written just for teens in their first year of piano lessons.
And the best part…. every piano piece in this series has an online backing track available online! So, when you aren’t around to rock duets with your students this summer, they can still keep making awesome music.
Summer Resource 3 – Our Brand New Book Series
This summer we are launching a brand NEW book series: Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Piano Student Workbooks.
While this series is meant to be used all year long, as we begin releasing the books (in just a few weeks), you’ll discover that their short, daily activities are the perfect resource to ensure students stick with piano lessons.
From note reading to sight reading to technical exercises to rhythm work, this series will include daily activities to tackle any piano skill.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more about this series, but for now check out the cover of our first release, which will be available in 10 days:
Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Timed Note Reading Tests
Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Timed Note Reading Tests For Piano, Book 1, 90 days of note reading exercises in Middle C Position and C Position will make sure that your primer, level 1 kids, and beginning teens know their notes!
For great piano players, note reading is second nature. The instantaneous ability to transfer notes on a page to sounds on a piano frees them up to focus on the little things that make music magical. It is, therefore, essential that students learn to note read fluently as soon as possible.
There are many tools to improve note reading; this book is one of them. By encouraging your piano students to sit down with this book once a day for a few short minutes, 90 days from now, their note reading skills will be second nature.
And note reading is just the beginning! In the coming months, Piano Student Workbooks will be available for sight reading, note printing, technical exercises, and more!
Keep your eyes on the Teach Piano Today Blog next week to learn more about Andrea and Trevor Dow’s Timed Note Reading Tests For Piano, Book 1, and the rest of our Piano Student Workbooks series.