Welcome to the Colourful Keys blog, it’s great to see you here!
I love sharing piano teaching ideas, resources, & tips with other teachers who are passionate about teaching the creative way. I want to help you to inspire more students to become lifelong pianists – and hopefully inspire you along the way too.
I’ve been doing this for a little while now, and I want to make sure you find what you’re looking for. To help you on your way, here’s some of the favourite piano teaching ideas I’ve shared on the blog.
Enjoy exploring, and please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email. I love hearing from fellow creative teachers!
Better Piano Practice
Improve your student’s practice and make it more effective with these ideas:
- Piano Practice Kits – This is one of the most popular posts on Colourful Keys, with step by step instructions for creating your own practice kits for your students.
- Effective Piano Practice Series – This series of five blog posts explores strategies for tackling common practice issues such as metronome work, score study and memorisation.
- Summer Practice Quest – If you want to keep practice going during the summer break check out this free printable.
- The Challenge Board – My wall of fame keeps piano practice going year round in my studio (even with technical work).
Here’s a few projects you can use to create composers in your studio:
- Why Compose? – An argument for composing in piano lessons, in case you need to be convinced (or need to convince someone else).
- Spring Themes Composing Project – A start to finish printable you can use with all your students.
- Happy Birthday Variations Project – Another step-by-step you can use with your whole studio to help them create their own whacky versions of the finally un-copyrighted song.
For Piano Parents
There are some questions that piano parents ask a lot. Save some time by having bookmarked sources to point them to.
- How to choose your first piano – A simple guide to send to parents looking to choose their first instrument.
Gameified Music Theory
If you want to add more games based learning to your studio you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the most popular (free) games you can download right now:
- Piano Puzzle – These simple little flashcards that fit on the keys are a great tool to have in your teaching kit.
- Grand Staff Twister – A super fun game for your next group lesson.
- Bananas and Ladders – One of my personal favourites, the perfect review game for level 1 students.
- Landmark X’s and O’s – This quick little game is great for getting those landmark notes rock solid in the first few months of lessons.
These catalogue posts will help you find worksheets and games to teach any beginning concept:
- Off-the-bench Catalogue – Games in order of teaching concepts found in beginning method books.
- Young Beginner Worksheet Catalogue – Worksheets to accompany Faber’s ‘My First Piano Adventures’.
- Primer Worksheet Catalogue – Worksheets to accompany Faber’s ‘Piano Adventures Primer’.
- Level 1 Worksheet Catalogue – Worksheets to accompany Faber’s ‘Piano Adventures Level 1’.
- Level 2 Worksheet Catalogue – Worksheets to accompany Faber’s ‘Piano Adventures Level 2’.
Make Scales & Chords Fun
- Scale Level Charts – These charts organise scales and arpeggios into a series of levels to track student progress.
- Garageband to the Rescue – This simple activity with the garageband app on the iPad is super fun, especially for teen students.
- Scale Spinners – Somehow spinners can make anything more fun! Get DIY instructions to build your own scale spinner.
Didn’t find what you were looking for?
If you had a specific post in mind but you can’t quite remember it well enough to search for it – send me an email. I’ll try to find it for you.
If there’s something you wish I would write about or a resource that you need in your studio, feel free to email me with requests too!