Okay, I’ll admit that I wasn’t so great at teaching in my first year. It didn’t, however, stop me from always wanting to plan my lessons out beforehand. It’s kind of tedious… if I had the time to plan out 32 individual lesson plans for my students, then I would. Now that I am so busy, I don’t have the time to do this. It’s not ideal to skip this part, but I feel like you have to recognize that this is what happens when you expand your studio. Currently, I structure all of my lessons the same. It saves me so much time because I don’t have to fumble with what we’re planning to do for that lesson. And I am always prepared 🙂
This is the format that I structure for all of my lessons currently:
1. Talk about our day and what’s new
2. Go straight into sight reading material with evaluation
3. If they’re advanced, we go into the Dozen a Day technical exercises book. We complete only one of the exercises
4. At this point, I usually start working on their songs that they have in the book. If I need to teach them anything, we spend a lot of time working on that.
Now, I do have to point out that there a lot of variations to this. I have additional activities that I might add into the lesson if I need to:
1. I give out stickers for each song/activity that we complete
2. Most of my students are also working with a notespeller book and we work on that together
3. We watch 10 minutes of Beethoven Lives Upstairs. I love discussing with them aspects of composers and the classical era
4. We write out apples that have a main focus point on what we learned for that lesson
5. I work on updating their vision board. This would include a list of all the songs that they learned and I number it also. We put colorful stars to keep track
6. I also add in games on my phone that have them working with rhythm, note reading, and key recognition
7. We have flashcards where I quiz them on the notes, and where they are on the staff and the piano
So, it all depends! Every lesson is different, but if you give the same structure to all of your students, they start to adapt to this format. I love it! If you have any suggestions or comments about how to structure your lessons, let me know.
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