Andrea & Trevor Dow of Teach Piano Today have recently created a resource called, “Shhh…Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice.” She kindly sent me a copy to review, so I’m going to tell you about it — and give you a chance to win your own copy!
First, here is Andrea’s description of the pdf book:
The book contains 88 activities that are absolutely, positively, most definitely NOT BORING! and are designed to get students excited about spending time on the piano at home. They act as a companion to a piano students’ regular practice, and have been created to to be used with any level and any age for 88 days! Also, when teachers receive Shhhh… Your Piano Teacher Thinks This Is Practice they also receive a license to reproduce unlimited copies, as long as it is for use within their personal studio.
Each page of the book has a practice activity designed to encourage repetition during practice (without the student realizing it) and help them think about their piece in a different way (like asking them to find all the C’s in their piece, or practice the rhythm of the LH). Some of the activities also encourage students to share their music, by asking students to play a piece for a family member.
“What’s black and white and red all over? A zebra with sunburn! And, your music! Use a red marker to circle all the bass clef D’s in your practice pieces this week.”
The activities on each page are accompanied by cute illustrations. Everything is in black-and-white which makes printing copies of this book for your student more affordable (which I so appreciate!). To see more, you can download three free sample pages from the book here.
This book a great solution for students who perhaps could use an extra boost of encouragement to practice or need help figuring out effective ways to practice. However, this book might not be suitable for every student. I personally wouldn’t give it to a very young beginner or a teenager. And, for a student who is already practicing effectively and efficiently, this book may be a bit of a distraction. But I think it could be a very effective tool for students who aren’t practicing enough or efficiently. Many kids will think these activities are “cool” and “fun!”
Andrea & Trevor’s book can be purchased and downloaded here for $39.99.
…Or, you could win your own copy! Here are the details: To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below this post by Monday, July 30 at midnight EST, with a tip about how you motivate your students to practice! Two winners will be drawn via random number generator and announced the next day. Good luck, and I’m looking forward to reading your ideas!