Free Download: Check Off List / Ideas for Piano Teachers
Fall is here!
For most people that means the beginning of a new school year,
but for me it means starting up Piano Lessons again!
After taking the summer off, I am excited to get back into it!
Have you ever thought of teaching piano lessons?
Or are you already a teacher, and looking for some ideas?
Here are some of the things I do.
I teach my beginning students to play using the Piano Adventures books, by Nancy and Randall Faber.
(Thank you Holly for recommending them!)
Piano Adventures are great for students – and easy to teach out of.
This is what I use to write down their assignments each week:
(A special thank you to the piano teachers of my nieces and nephews for this idea!)
For the cover, I just got online and found Fall coloring pages (these came from www.crayola.com)Then I printed the page on cardstock and cut it in half.
I created this page so that I could write down the assignments in the large boxes of the left,
and then the student can check off each day they practice it.
(There are six boxes – so they can have one day off a week.)
This page would also work well as a job chart, or a check off list for homework or reading.
Just print of the page, and cut it in half.
Other ideas for Piano Teachers:
Worksheets: I love to throw in worksheets every once in a while to give them something different to do. You can find a lot online or you can buy books at music stores. Here are a few links of websites that have free worksheets that I use for my students: Susan Paradis.com and musictechteacher.com
Rewards: I don’t do a ton of these, but a few here and there are helpful. When a student finishes a level book, they get a candy bar from me. Occasionally I’ll have a bowl of chocolate kisses (or some other small treat), and they can have one for each checkmark on their assignment sheet.
Group Lessons: I got this idea from a coworker of mine who also teaches piano lessons. It’s perfect for me because I don’t have enough students to do a big recital, so once every few months I’ll schedule an hour and invite all of my students to come for a group lesson. (It counts as their lesson that week.) At the Group Lesson I have each student perform one or two songs from memory in front of the other students. I also try to make it fun with group conversation, a game or two, and of course – each student gets to take home a prize or treat.