Do you ever wonder exactly how to teach piano pieces? Once students have left their beginner method books, some teachers tend to get a bit lost wondering, “What do I do now? How do I prepare my students for their new pieces without that structure?”
The best thing about the creative and flexible approach to teaching that I advocate is that you don’t have to be held to a restrictive method book. However, this can also be a bit terrifying if you don’t know what to do instead.
There is so much great piano music out there, but what’s the best way to teach it?
Today I’m sharing a simple and flexible framework that you can use to start better preparing your students for new repertoire. Never again hastily give your students a few notes about a new piece as they run out the door. Use this structure to get them ready instead.
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What do you think of this planning template? Do you think it will help you to better prepare your students for their upcoming pieces?
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.