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Practice PomPoms

Dear MTH blog readers,

 

It is back-to-school time! Have you started your Fall lesson schedule yet? Are you having headaches trying to fit everyone into their desired time slots?

What new ideas do you have this year to motivate your students? A while ago I came across the idea of “Practice Beads” on The Art of Piano Pedagogy Facebook group. Well, here is my version, and I call it “Practice PomPoms”.

I got the pompoms and chenille stems from Orientaltrading.com (treasure trove for teachers!) and the document clips from OfficeDepot (MTNA members get a really good discount!).

The way it works is that the student moves a pompom up or down after each practice. This helps them to keep track of how many times they have practiced their homework assignments. The number of pompoms on the stem depends on how old the student is.

Of course we all know the quality of the practice is far more important than the quantity, but for beginners, this helps them to establish a routine and build a habit of practicing.

If you have any back-to-school ideas, please share!

Happy Teaching!

About the Author

Yiyi Ku
Yiyi Ku is a pianist and teacher. Born in Taiwan, she grew up in New Zealand and obtained her Master of Music degree with Distinction in Composition and Piano Performance from the University of Canterbury. Yiyi also holds a Licentiate in Piano Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teachers National As... [Read more]

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