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TOYS YOU SHOULD BRING TO A CHILD'S PIANO LESSON

We're not talking about music books, or your metronome. 

Here are a few items that a creative piano teacher should keep with them to make piano lessons for children entertaining.

I use a small bell such as one sees in hotels to summon a bellboy.

Kids seem to love the tone of the bell, and it is a great device to punctuate the lesson. It's just human nature for a kid to want to ring a bell. 

I use it after every song or task they complete correctly. I ring it at first, and then offer them control of the bell, which, of course, leads to chaos. Let it. When the dust settles, let them ring the bell after a completed task. They will ring it 100 times. Endure it and smile, because they are enjoying their time at the piano today.

Make up a story about a fantasy character that lives in the bell, and how he wants to play piano and only has a bell to play. This isn't a drama lesson, but the point is to enliven the lesson with fantasy and play in between the rather hard work of reading music.

It isn't difficult to maneuver a piano lesson into the realm of play if the teacher is willing to be flexible moment to moment. The benefits for a child of this less apparently strict attitude are nothing short of miraculous.

You'll discover that behavior problems simply don't exist, because you as the teacher are always one step ahead of them, finding a way to make learning exciting and fun, on their level. 

A child who is having fun is, by definition, paying attention.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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