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TC257: How to save your sanity creating weekly lesson plans with Rosemarie Penner

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Sep 03 2021

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Creating weekly lesson plans can be stressful during lessons, and can eat up your valuable planning time, too.

Rosemarie Penner of The Unfinished Lesson shares how you can win back your time with making successful lesson plans for your students. She also shares some of the ways to manage online lesson plans, how to engage your group classes online, her must-have app, and more teacher hacks!

Rosemarie is currently featured in our new membership course called Lesson Prep Quest in TopMusicPro. This is where you’re going to learn the best ways to plan and prepare for weekly lessons with interviews from nine top teachers, including Rosemarie, Nicola Cantan, and more. If you need guidance on planning, changing to group or online formats, or just just up-leveling some of your existing frameworks, this course is for you.

  • [02:23] Rosemarie’s short introduction on herself and her teaching experience.
  • [04:11] Benefits of a good lesson planning system.
  • [05:48] Rosemarie’s favourite apps.
  • [07:42] Process for practice planning.
  • [11:02] Ideas for group lessons and workshops.
  • [18:17] Tips for online lesson planning.
  • [22:23] 3 Things you shouldn’t do.
  • [25:02] Involving parents in lessons.
  • [29:09] Top advice for lesson planning.

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Today’s Guest

speaker Rosemarie Penner about creating lesson plans for music teachers

Rosemarie is a writer and a boutique piano studio owner who has been teaching for over a decade. She has a Bachelor of Education with a focus on special needs education. Her website, The Unfinished Lesson, is her guide to all of the skills that take teaching and running a business from overwhelming to fulfilling. And she provides creative strategies and smart tech ideas to solve the challenges of running a business while keeping students coming back for more. When she’s not teaching, Rosemarie loves spending time with family, baking, drinking tea, and baking vegan goods.

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About the Author

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.

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