If you have a group of students who are in Musikgarten’s Keyboard curriculum – you must be wondering, what next?
Should you keep them in a group? Would private lessons be more beneficial? What should you teach? What are they ready for?
I would have liked to have kept them all in a group, however, I had 8 children that had basically been together for 3 to 5 years. In addition, they went to the same school, same church and lived basically in the same town. So the group dynamics were an extension of all these other activities they attended together. I found myself spending a lot of time getting them to pay attention in class.
Since I knew them quite well and understood what their musical capabilities were, I decided to separate them and teach them privately. They were not too happy about it, but now that we are half-way into the semester I believe they are really enjoying the individual attention (plus I promised them a group lesson…kinda like a reunion)!
Here is a list of what we are working on:
Preparing for Guild – Founder’s Medal
- Irl Allison Piano Library (Elementary A – Program 1) – I chose 2 pieces from this book for each student in order to qualify for this award. It has been challenging – but at the same time quite easy since they know how to listen so well! I also recorded the pieces for them and posted them on my youtube channel, so they could have an auditory reference. These pieces are difficult to read and prepare in a short period of time, so listening everyday is a must!
Shifting Five-Finger Positions
- Travelin’ Fingers – Book Two – Margaret Goldston – I did not choose book 1 because I thought the pieces were not as challenging or as much fun to play as the ones in Book Two. I assigned each student a different piece to begin with so that when recital comes around they are not all playing the same piece! They have really enjoyed their selection and I am combining rote teaching with note reading for these pieces. I cannot record these since they are copyrighted so we design a practice plan for the different sections of the piece and add on to it the following week.
Songs they know
- The Easy Worship Fake Book – All songs are in the key of C Major (100 songs!) and they are songs the kids sing at school, church and home. They must read the melody and then I teach them how to read the chords, how to play them in different ways, styles, etc. This book has been a hit! If your students are not interested in worship songs, there are many other types of fake books on the market.
On my list that I use once in a while:
I would love to hear what you are using or plan to use. Just leave a comment and share.