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Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s almost time for back-to-school and my studio will be gathering together on Sunday for our 5th annual back-to-school party! My returning students start by performing a song for their friends. All of my students (old and new) will be updating their lesson binders, piano key chains, some will receive new materials, meet their new “piano buddy”, make some great sidewalk chalk pictures, play some games, make their own ice cream sundae, and generally have lots of fun!

In the meantime, I am hard at work organizing and getting everything ready for the new school year. In the photo below, I have organized the flashcards I use most often. Photo boxes marked with the contents gives me easy access to topics I may want to cover with a student in their lesson.

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In the meantime, I am still organizing my crafts and other supplies to create some new fun games, have materials ready for our party, and introduce some new fun projects for this year.

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A big hit in my studio are the practice chains. Each year my students begin a new chain at the back-to-school party by adding their name, a handmade treble clef, and some decorative starter beads. Then throughout the course of the school year, they add more beads each week depending on how well they demonstrated a completed assignment. Here are the new practice chains….oh, not much to see right now (they look so lonely), but just wait until after the party… they’ll be AWESOME!

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Fall Book Bash Fun

Olivia got to do her very first Fall Book Bash today!

Olivia got to do her very first Fall Book Bash today!

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Fall Book Bash Cards (52 in all!)

Fall Book Bash Punch Card

Fall Book Bash Punch Card

Piano Key Chains

IMG_6709_2This week my students all made a new “Piano Key” Chain. They keep their key chain in their new tote bags and use them in lessons. The key chain itself has the student’s name and another cool piano design on the back chosen by the student. I picked the Circle of Keys for my key chain. The punch cards are fun because they are the same size and shape as the grocery store membership cards on Mom’s key chain.

Also on the key chain are:

  • A memorization BONUS bead punch chard
  • Our Fall Book Bash Punch card
  • A full set of mini Travel Flashcards
  • 14 Practice Strategy “chips”

This week my students are beginning to learn important practice strategies one by one. These strategies not only help them practice a regular lesson book piece, but can get them through the tough technical passages in their music that could stump any pianist.

Two of my students will be traveling this Labor Day weekend and will already be using their travel flashcards in the car.  Two students will be taking on the challenge of memorizing a piece for next week for an extra 3 bonus beads on their practice chain. And one student has already completed a “Fall Book Bash” activity. Fall book bash activities take place when a student has completed a lesson book song and is ready to do something fun and crazy with that piece. They do this by randomly choosing a card from a a deck of cards each with a crazy musical instruction on how to play that song. What ever the card says the student has to do!

Fall Book Bash Punch Card

Fall Book Bash Punch Card

It’s been a great first week of lessons- everyone is hard at work and 3 students even received the highest lesson rating this week of 5+1 (thats 5 regular beads plus 1 bonus bead on their practice chains).  Boy, we are going to have really long practice chains this year!!

I have the best students ever and these key chains are really shaping up already to be a  wonderful learning aid for them all.

Fall Book Bash

This fall, several students are focusing on their lesson books in order to work through them quickly progress to the next level. This is the “Fall Book Bash” created by Wendy Stevens (Composecreate.com) Once they have successfully completed a song in their lesson book, they choose from the Fall Book Bash cards that I created and are challenged to do something fun with the song. This could be simply playing the piece with the damper pedal or re-playing the song with the music completely turned upside down! You never know what challenge awaits until you pick your next card!