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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“Elements and Activities” Worksheet
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In this episode, you’ll learn
- Why the way we often introduce new music is not the best way
- How this approach will change things for your teaching
- How you can save time in lessons so that you can follow these steps
- What the template looks like and how to use it
- The benefits of working with this template
- Sample activities that stem from this planning process
- How this way of working can make the learning more enjoyable for your student
- Episode 77: Teaching Lead Sheets with Susan Deas
- Episode 78: 5 Tips for Planning a Piano Teaching Curriculum
- Episode 79: Rote Teaching with Amy Greer
- Episode 80: Beginner Piano Teaching Games with Nicola Cantan
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Do you plan ahead for your students’ repertoire?
What do you think of this planning template? Do you think it will help you to better prepare your students for their upcoming pieces?