25 Things to Do at a Piano Lesson When a Student Forgets Their Books

Jenny Bay, over at The Teaching Studio blog, has posted a fabulous collection of 25 ideas that teachers can use if a student forgets his books. Not that that ever happens in my studio, of course. 🙂 As long as we’re speaking hypothetically, this is also a great list to refer to if a student should happen to not practice at all in a given week.

What’s your favorite idea on the list? I love the suggestion to, “Get out a piece from your own library and have an entire lesson on how to learn a new piece.” In fact, I think you could call it, “How to Learn a New Piece in Less Than an Hour” and walk the student through all sorts of cool “tricks of the trade” for learning new music quickly. Most students would probably be surprised at just how effective good practice strategies can be! Maybe I should implement a studio-wide leave-your-piano-books-at-home week so that we can give it a try…

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