Last year, I posted about teaching piano lessons at home. I had no idea that people would be so interested! I just thought I was sharing something helpful that a few readers might enjoy. It is my third most popular blog post of all time. I thought it was time for an updated post! It is kind of funny to me that I actually published the post MONTHS after I wrote it because I wasn’t sure my readers would be interested. I’m happy to be wrong!
I still stand by all of my tips and recommendations in the original post (READ HERE), but I have a few more to add to the mix.
And I have NEW LESSON PLANS!!!!!
Here are a few of the things I’ve learned about teaching piano lessons successfully at home –
1. Put It On The Calendar: Okay, technically this tip is in my other post, but seriously, I can not emphasize the difference this will make. Set a regular lesson time just like you would if you hired a teacher. Remember, it is only a savings to teach the lessons at home if you actually teach the lessons at home! Make a deal with yourself, that if you skip too many lessons, you will hire a piano teacher for your children. That worked for me!
2. Teaching Multiple Children: I teach my three daughters. If I average 30 minutes per lesson, that means piano lessons will take about 1.5 hours. It can be difficult to find a consistent 1.5 hours each week that always works. And it can be hard on my toddler to be without my focus for so long (his sisters take turns playing with him during lesson time). What seems to work for us is to assign each child a specific piano lesson day of the week, spread out over the week. It is easier to make a 30 minute piano lesson part of an after-school routine 3 days a week than it is to do 90 minutes one day. Plus, my patience is fresh for each child, which helps!
3. Using the Lesson Plan: I might be biased since I created it, but having the lesson plan makes the lessons so much easier.
- I just get out my clipboard, flip papers until I have my current student, and then look at plan. That is all the preparation required!
- The Lesson song is what I use as the bookmark to where a child is at. Whatever Lesson Book song they are assigned to practice during the week, they are also assigned all the other practice in the supplemental books to coordinate.
- We start the lesson by passing off the previous week’s songs and homework.
- Then, we learn the new Lesson Book song together and build on that with all the other books.
- I write down the practice and homework assignments in the student’s piano notebook.
4. Piano Student’s Notebook: My piano teacher wrote all my assignments in a notebook. I think this is pretty typical, but I’m still going to mention just in case. I write down everything they need to do during the week. Something unique I do in regards to the Technic Book practice is to assign them to play the song a specific number of times, and it doesn’t matter to me if they do it all at once or spread it out. I draw a little box for them to check off each time they play it through. Often, I’ll write down the specific thing to focus on while doing it, because there is a specific function to all of those exercises.
5. Keep Your Piano Area Organized: Before I created this piano book holder (SEE HOW HERE), piano books were all over the place. It was ‘okay’, but added a bit of stress to practice and lessons to have to search for every book. We also keep a metronome, crayons, and pencils close by. Often the Notespeller, Theory, or Activity & Ear Training books will involve written homework/coloring.
So, those are my new tips. Here are the Lesson Plans! I do plan to take pictures of the front covers of the Lesson Book so you can see exactly which type of book these plans refer to. Your local music store should have these, they are very standard.
- Alfred Prep Course Level B Lesson Plans (NEW)
- Alfred Prep Course Level A Lesson Plans (Updated)
- Piano Adventures Course, Pre-Reading
- It took me a long time to collaborate all of the different books, so please respect that these PDF files are only for personal, non-commercial use and should not be distributed by anyone for any reason unless my permission is specifically granted for each individual case. (copyright 2014 by Mary Johanson of MaryOrganizes.com)
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