March WOWZERS: Rotating piano lessons, pattern pieces & physicians

There’s been so much to WOW me this month. Let’s jump right in to these awesome piano teaching resources and refuel your teaching fires.

These three recommended resources are extremely varied, but they all share one thing – they keep piano students engaged and involved in their learning.

This is especially important for teen piano students, as we all know this is a time when students are very likely to drop out.

If you want more ideas for keeping teens engaged, you definitely need to check out the latest Upbeat Piano Teacher webinar release. Click here to learn more.

Pattern Pieces

Rote, rote, rote! If you don’t already know about the benefits of teaching patterned rote pieces, then you need to get on this train. When students learn rote pieces they get to move around the piano, focus on technique and they listen more.Piano Safari Pattern Pieces

Which is why I was so excited to see these new books from Piano Safari. They’ve split up the older Rote & Technique Exercises book into separate resources, and there’s a ton of new material too.

My favourite from this book right now is the Detective Wombat Blues. Students are going to LOVE this one, it would make a perfect recital piece.

Rotating Piano Lessons

I’m going to incorporating “buddy” lessons into my schedule next year. These won’t actually be rotating lessons exactly, more like partially shared lessons. But more on that later.

I was really interested to hear the structure of the lessons in Megan Desmarais’s piano lessons in her Upbeat webinar interview. Megan had some great tips on how this rotating lesson structure helped her teen retention, as well as recommendations for other teen resources.

If you want to see that video, you’re going to need to purchase the Engaging with Teens webinars. Fortunately, I do have a coupon code for you which makes it a no-brainer for you! Use the code SAVE5 to get $5 off and get even better value for money from this super course.

The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook

Ok, I know. Seriously? I’m wowed by my own book? Isn’t that a little braggy?

Well, yes. But I’m more wowed by the fact that it’s finished, out in the world, and by the comments I’m getting back from piano teachers.

If you haven’t heard yet, I just released The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook. It’s designed to be a readable and engaging reference that will help you solve all your piano teaching woes in a way that’s engaging for your both you and your students.

  • Got a student with bendy fingertips? Covered.
  • Need help with those students who try to play by ear? You got it.
  • Sick of telling your student not to look at her hands? Try this instead.

Go check out the book page now (or find it on Amazon here) and see what piano teachers around the world are saying about my little book. I’m delighted that it’s already starting to help teachers to cure their piano practice headaches.

What piano teacher resources WOWed you in March?

Tell us what you’re loving (or even hating) in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers community on Facebook. I’d love to see you over there.

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