February is student choice month
This means that all of my students are permitted to bring in a song (ANY song*) to piano lessons that they have always wanted to learn that isn't on our usual menu. This song will be practiced in addition to their regular material.
I remind parents to be sure their child has fun music to play- take them to the music store - they have a decent selection of fun books- lots of Disney stuff, Movie songs, Contemporary Christian, as well as pop music. Fun music should be a part of their daily practice plan.
Here is a parent guide for what type of book to buy-
- PVG or Piano Vocal in the upper right corner of the book cover is for intermediate to advanced students
- Easy Piano is for Beginning/Early Intermediate students
- Big Note is for Early beginners
*Be aware that some Rock music on the piano can sound like elevator music even when the best of musicians play it.
*Sometimes pop music has such complex rhythms, it has to be just sounded out. Beginning and Intermediate students aren't able to negotiate the 32nd and 64th notes and syncopated rhythms in this type of music. Choose carefully!
*Music with inappropriate lyrics (language, inappropriate sexual content) won't be entertained in the studio.
Student Choice Month is wonderful incentive for all students- weekly structured lessons can become static. Lesson books and classical literature don't always keep a student engaged in the learning process, and students don't always connect to regular lesson material. They can and do get burned out over time when coming to lessons and getting the same routine over and over and over. Changing things up and adding something special (and scheduled or even sometimes unexpected) gives my students something to look forward to and get excited about.