After discussing the benefits and logistics of adding off-bench time such as overlapping students, pairing sibling or friends, using themes to simplify curriculum planning and covering the costs, Leila illustrated several fun examples of off-bench time activities.
- Hold a music history-themed event such as a Baroque Bash. (including tp roll wigs!)
Plan off bench time and group lessons centered around one concept. For example:
- Rhythm: Make it Count!
- Understanding Intervals
- Practice Strategies (free infographic)
- The Full Scoop on Chords
- Have students complete Theory Books or theory sites during lab time or use Flipped Classroom resources. or Quizlet.com NFMC Theory Test Prep
- Watch themed Get Inspired Episodes w/ embedded Quizlet.com activities
- Make practice pouches or play games that don't require technology (see my Piano Game Resource List organized by concept and level)
- And of course - Use Apps!
Although I have already incorporated off the bench lab time and group lessons in my studio for many years, I walked away with so many fresh ideas that I am excited to incorporate with my students. Having monthly themes also helps me to cover all the bases while simplifying the planning for students of multiple levels.
Other piano pedagogy resources mentioned in response to a teacher's question about helpful piano pedagogy books include.
"Make it Stick" - Book about Learning Effectively
Piano Teaching - Christopher Fisher
Professional Piano Teaching - Jacobson
The Music Teaching Artist's Bible- Eric Booth
The Savvy Music Teacher by David Cutler