Ornament Notes

Ornament Notes

Today’s post is a Christmas worksheet  that you can use in December or maybe for a group lesson. It’s in black and white for those of you without color printers. They can color it while they wait for other students to show up. I have a lot of Christmas worksheets and I’ll try to clean them up and post them as soon as possible so you can do some lesson planning for your group lessons.

Thanks again to all of you who have written to tell me how you use some of the things I have posted. It is so gratifying to know that my efforts extend beyond my studio. I love knowing where you are from, so if you print something out, send me a little note. I’m keeping everything.  I have lived and visited a lot of regions and each one is special to me. One of these days, when I retire, I hope to visit all the states.

Today we got the results back from a classical music festival some of my students played in and there were some very nice comments from the judges and some very good scores. I can’t take credit, because I have some of the most dedicated students that I’ve had in a long time.   We worked very hard on musicality and the results were worth it. In particular, a high school student did some difficult quarter pedaling on a piece, and the judge said it was beautiful. The last time we tried quarter pedaling it seemed to confuse the judge, so I marked it this time. I’ve learned to mark things that are a little different. The reason I mention the festival is because if there are any festivals in your area and you do not participate, consider doing so. Nothing will help your studio more. And if there aren’t any, consider getting together with other teachers and having one.

It is so hard being a piano teacher and having so many things to teach in a once a week lesson. There are so many things we need to teach, yet we want them to love and enjoy music. We have to give credit to the students, because without them where would we be?

 

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One thought to “Ornament Notes”

  • Shayla Smith

    Susan,
    I’m a stay at home mom who took 10 years of lessons while growing up. My husband just finished Dental school where we lived in little apartments and couldn’t fit a piano! After 9 years of marriage I FINALLY have a piano. I have three young daughters and want them to enjoy playing the piano too. My piano teachers basically did the usual Alfred lesson without any fun things added. I found your site by pure inspiration! I now teach my oldest daughter who is 6 and is loving the games and worksheets and sheet music! Since I have never taught before or even taken any university courses in teaching, I was really nervous. Thanks to your website, I have been given a lot of advice that keep our lessons fun! I now am teaching a neighbor boy who is enjoying it too! I hope to gradually take on a few more students, just because I love to play! Thanks again and know that what you do is inspiring others!

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