Learning the piano is a wonderful thing, but can be a solitary pursuit! I like to encourage my pupils to feel as though they are learning together and belong to a piano community with studio wide challenges or a particular focus that everyone can benefit from. This means my wall by my piano can become rather colourful and full!
This year I took the decision not have a practice wall chart but instead to use the lovely achievement awards you can download from teachpianotoday. These postcard awards are given to pupils who achieve either something special during a lesson or has conquered a practice goal. Here they are displayed on my wall.
Currently we have:
As mentioned in my last post we keep a running total of how many pieces have been learnt by everyone. Pupils enjoy seeing the numbers increase each week and it's definitely an honour to to turn the counters to 100! This year I've turned my blank dice into counters using some black, sparkly stickers.
The other studio focus for this term is rhythm, using the excellent book by Wendy Stevens Rhythm Cup Explorations (there'll be more on this on anther post).
The book we're using is divided into 5 Units with 3 levels in each unit. To help give that feeling of working and achieving together I'm asking all pupils to sign a decorated drinks stirrer and fill my empty cup. Yes, I have been quietly collecting stirrers from various cafe's! My bargain washi-tape has some in handy too!
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.