Have you noticed that right around week 6 on the teaching calendar students have that bored look on their faces?
Are you as a teacher a few steps away from burn out? Besides adding a change of pace, a Piano Party can infuse your studio with much needed energy.
This is also an activity that can be programmed in your calendar twice a semester and can be used to allow the community to join the celebration.
Celebration of what? Piano!!!
Here is my plan:
- 2 weeks before give each student an invitation and encourage them to bring a friend! I schedule one party per day for 90 minutes. Students come on their regular day for lessons but at this new party time.
- 1 week before talk to each parent face to face – I do a lot of running to the cars of parents who do not come into the studio. It is just something I like to do to avoid “Oh, I wish I had known about the party!”
- Prepare the activities such as:
- Stinky Socks (a musical “hot potato” game)
- Ensemble piece (I used the first two sections of I Love Coffee, I Love Tea
- Boomwhackers – easy to do with this YouTube video track from musication on your big screen
- Snacks (pizza, popcorn, juice boxes, cookies)
- Giant board game on sidewalk, if weather permits…ours was rained out on day #2 🙁
- Postcard with info about your studio for visitors (I forgot this at my first piano party…)
Let me know how your Piano Party turned out!