The Beauty of a Routine
Wake up. Get out of bed. Brush your teeth. Quiet time. Exercise. Prepare lunch. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Go to Work.
It’s a good plan. I try to follow it every day. TRY. Mostly I end up with a variation of this plan. But I have a plan!
Your group piano class MUST have a plan, a routine that you know is the foundation of your time together. It will never be perfect but it will provide for some good variations!
Here’s the plan I will be using this semester with a class of six 6 year old boys:
- Enter classroom and go straight to your keyboard, put headphones on and review your pieces, scales, etc. (5 minutes)
- With headphones on the class plays last week’s song while I play a duet part out loud on the acoustic grand. (5 minutes)
- Piano book worksheet/iPad piano lab/flashcards with partner/piano solo (15 minutes). This is a rotating activity that will keep the boys engaged while one student is playing out loud, which they love to do. WARNING: this requires practice!
- Introduction of new piano song/concept (5 minutes)
- Practice new song (5 minutes)
- Piano Game (15 minutes)
- Parents join the class in order share new song/concepts and mark assignment (10 minutes)
Whew! Can you just imagine the variations!? Don’t be shy…I would love to hear about your routine!
UPDATE: The first time implemented this rotation I FAILED! I totally forgot to prepare the” flashcards with partner” part of the rotation. I scrambled and to find a few cards but it did not work. I quickly took out a board game that they were familiar with from previous piano clasess and was able to continue with my plan!