Topsy Turvy week is a fun annual event at my studio. This is the week where everything gets turned around– the student becomes the teacher and the parent becomes the student!
What a great way for the student to gain a solid understanding of concepts in theory and performance and for the parent to gain an appreciation of just how hard this stuff really is!
Students gather and prepare materials and “teacher” notes in a folder and decide on 2-3 concepts to teach their “student”. The weeks prior to the day, they practice teaching during their own lessons and then practice teaching me the week before the BIG day.
Finally, the day comes when they can sit in my “teacher chair”, use any materials I have in the studio, and become the piano teacher for the day. My job is to sit back, takes pictures, and be their teaching assistant, (should they need me to find a game or other materials).. ..but other that that, they are in charge!
Here are some of the highlights!!
Brooklyn checks her notes before teaching her dad.
Brooklyn teaches the music alphabet on the piano keys.
Brooklyn teaches her dad to play a song!
Tommy teaches his mom the “right way” to sit at the piano.
Tommy teaches his mom how to draw a treble clef.
Tommy teaches his mom to play a song!
Aaron plays finger Twister with his mom after teaching her the finger numbers.
Aaron teaches his mom to play a song!
April and her mom play a duet!
April and her mom play a game on the piano keys.
Juliette and her mom play Finger Twister.
Juliette quizzes her mom on the music alphabet!
Juliette has her mom play the Ice Cream game.
Juliette gives her mom 5 beads at the end of the lesson!
Isabelle teaches her dad the finger numbers
Isabelle teaches her dad the 5-finger scale pattern.
Isabelle teaches her dad to play a song!
Josie teaches her little brother the music alphabet.
Josie and Samuel play the Fly Swatter Game!
Josie teaches her brother the groups of 2 and 3 black keys.
Josie teaches her brother a song!
5 beads for being such a great student!!