Here we are, still in the middle of summer, a time for piano teachers to rest, and to celebrate the hard work of the previous semester.
Maybe you’re like many piano teachers, choosing to take off during the summer due to your travel schedule, or the fact that your students travel during the summer.
Perhaps you adopt an every other week sort of approach or teach throughout the entire summer.
Whatever model you adopt, the fact remains that a new teaching season is just around the corner!
It’s important to kick off new teaching seasons on an exciting, joyful note, that inspires students and helps them stay engaged throughout the semester.
The following ideas are for you to consider before diving into the new fall semester that is so quickly approaching!
Organize a challenge event.
I used to work at a local arts center (by local, I mean Atlanta-based).
And every year they put together a “Scale-a-thon.”
This was primarily a challenge that inspired students to learn their scales, chords, and arpeggios over the course of a semester.
Midway to three-fourths of the way through the semester, students had a chance to participate in a big festival, demonstrating what they had learned, playing games, and possibly receive rewards for their efforts and accomplishments.
It was so well attended and became a tradition for this particular arts center.
We all have students who have “checked out” due to travel schedules, right?
Parents are not as engaged with piano lessons during the summer as they are during the school semester.
And maybe this is okay; they’ve worked hard with their students on homework throughout the semester.
Summer is a time to recuperate.
But students spend far too much time in front of the television, they play (as they should), and travel. They’re not practicing that much.
Hosting an event, like a fall kick off challenge that inspires students to practice over the course of a semester is a great way to set a positive tone for the new teaching season.
Host small group gatherings.
If you don’t like the idea of throwing a big group gathering like a scale-a-thon, maybe you host something on a smaller scale, such as a small group gathering.
Do you have a group of beginning students who have taken with you for a year or so? (Of course, you can throw this event for older, more advanced students as well.)
Consider hosting a small group gathering based on age groups or piano level at the beginning of the semester.
Ask parents to get involved and help organize the event.
Pro Tip: Students excel when their parents get involved.
Begin the event by allowing students to play a familiar piece.
Perhaps you can ask a parent to narrate a fun story as you accompany them on the piano. This is an excellent way to teach students about music’s emotive power.
Consider preparing a fun snack with a cute music related theme.
The possibilities are endless! Just get creative.
Make the first piano lesson super special!
If you don’t like the idea of any sort of group gathering, consider making the first piano lesson of the new season super special by presenting your student with a brand new piece of music.
There are free pieces of music and exercises scattered throughout the site as well.
One lady within the PracticeHabits Membership Community uses Halloween music and organizes Halloween themed recitals to inspire her students.
I think this is such a cool idea!
Fun and well-crafted sheet music inspire student practice.
Hopefully, you’ve connected with one of these ideas.
Try something new this season! Get creative!! Have fun!!!
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