I'm sure we are all feeling pretty done with reading about the COVID-19, so I'm going to skim past this in about one paragraph! Beginning in March, piano lessons had to take quite a turn as I transitioned into teaching online lessons. Luckily for me, I have some truly incredible piano families who supported me along the way by being very patient with my lack of talent in the "technology" arena. I learned a lot about online piano teaching, have some goals to perfect it further, and somehow even got two out-of-state piano students out of it! Phew! Talk about forced professional development:)
Moving into the summer months, some adjustments will still need to be made due to Covid-19. Luckily, I have been able to proceed with summer lessons somewhat normally, and very cautiously. This is my second summer quarter with the adjusted piano lesson format, (five one-hour lessons scheduled whenever each family would like from June-August instead of weekly 30-minute lessons) and it has been so much fun! This summer, I set up a "Summer Lesson Template" for each lesson, and each is adapted to my individual students. In addition, each student chose a "focus" for us to spend half of the lesson on each time we meet. Here's a quick outline of what we're doing this summer:
Lesson 1: Music History, (learning about Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons - lesson found on www.classicsforkids.com)
Lesson 2: Irish Piano Pack, (found on www.theplayfulpiano.com)
Lesson 3: Composition
Lesson 4: Learning to read Lead Sheet
Lesson 5: Music Theory
Each student chose a favorite focus from these four options:
1: Composing Music
2: Music History
3: Learning to play Pop music and lead sheet
4: Learning a challenging song, (choose a piece that is a bit more difficult than what we do during the standard piano year).
Each lesson so far has really taken on its own flavor, and it has been so much fun!
Stay tuned for pics of some of the new and fun online lessons taking place, as well as pics from Summer lesson #5 where we'll be using a little music theory to make Orange Julius!