They did it again! Andrea and Trevor Dow with TeachPianoToday.com created another AWESOME resource that has me super excited! If you haven’t heard of it yet, PSSST… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is THEORY is their latest and greatest resource teachers can use with their students. BUT this is not your ordinary theory book, oh no! This is what I would call a theory activity book. PSSST… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is THEORY gets students using their imagination playing games, hands on activities, creating during the lesson, in the car and at home. Creativity is what it is all about!
PSSST… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is THEORY is chock full of 88 activities divided into 9 chapters. I will go through some samples in those chapters in a bit. The activities are geared for students 6-11 years old, but I found that there are some activities I think even some of my teenagers would enjoy. They are not in any particular order or level. You customize their activity with what they are learning at the lesson. It is a perfect resource for those teaching moments that call for something special!
I wanted to share a sample page from each section so you can get an idea of what fun you can have with your students when you purchase this book (because I know you will want to!)
“Piano Action Star” allows the students to set the tone in their music and create something unique using the dynamics where they think they should go. This can lead up to many creative opportunities!
Here is my student doing “Be Nosey”. Teacher calls out different articulations, the student plays a note matching that articulation mark. Boys in particular like this activity!
“Dinner with Fortissimo and Giocoso” is not only teaching the student what different italian terms mean, but the entire family! I like to suggest when students do this activity at home, that they help their mom make an Italian dinner.
–HALF STEPS AND WHOLE STEPS
“Whole Step, Half Step Tic Tac Toe” puts a new spin on the game!
“Rock, Paper, Scissors… Sharp, Flat, Natural” is a spin off of… you guessed it! Rock, Paper, Scissors ACCIDENTAL style!
How about shark action turning major 2nds to minor 2nds with “JAWS!”
I love sounds stories. They open the possibilities for creativity within our students. “Once Upon a Time” uses a sound story to create major and minor sounds with chords.
–VALUES AND RESTS
“Morse Code Mission” is a fun worksheet style activity decoding a secret message from note values and rests.
“Time Signature Treasure Chest” is a fun activity for figuring out the time signatures. An adaption to make it a little harder is to have the teacher play a piece without the student seeing the score and they figure out the signature.
These were just a small sample of some of the activities you can find in PSSST… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is THEORY. This book lends itself to be very adaptable and expandable. You can use these activities during private lessons, group lessons, camps, workshops, pretty much wherever and however you want to.
PSSST… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is THEORY is available to purchase here for $39.99. The best part?! It is reproducible! When you purchase this book, it allows you to print the whole book or just a page at a time as needed as many times with as many of your students as you want. How can you lose?
To enter, leave a comment below describing a fun theory idea or two that you like to do in your studio with your students. Deadline to enter is by Thursday, August 29th at 10:00pm (mountain time).
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Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own.
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