I thought it would be really fun and helpful to put together a list of online resources and activities that we can use to supplement our online piano lessons. The list includes a wide variety of options and ideas, and I hope your students enjoy these activities.
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Social Media Practicing Challenge
This would be a fun way to get students involved with sharing their practice sessions on social media. Choose a fun hashtag for your studio and enjoy seeing all their piano practice photos and videos!
- Choose a number of days for the challenge to occur. 7 days, 10 days, 14, whatever suits your needs.
- Have your students post a short video of themselves practicing piano each day during the challenge.
- It can be up to you whether you want them to post a video of themselves sounding just “ok” or sounding “great”!
- These can be posted on social media, or in your piano studio Facebook page if you have one for your studio families.
- Their piano friends will see the videos, then everyone will want to work hard to share a great video for everyone to see!
- You could assign specific themes, scales, or anything you like to make it a really fun and competitive challenge.
Music Discussion Club
Similar to a book club, you could have all of your students listen to the same recording or watch the same performance (whenever it is convenient for them), and then get together at a specified time to talk about the performance with each other.
- Choose a performance that would be accessible for all ages, or divide your studio into younger and older groups.
- Have the students watch the performance or listen to the recording.
- Prepare a few questions to ask them during the discussion time.
- Hold the discussion on your Facebook studio page or in a Zoom video chat.
Video Chat Masterclasses
Hold group masterclasses with a few of your students at a time. You can do this on Zoom for up to 40 minutes for free.
- Have each student prepare a brief piece to perform for the group.
- Ask questions to get the conversation started.
- Lead the students to offer compliments and suggestions to the performer.
- Repeat with all students in your group.
Theme of the Week
This can be used by itself or along with the Social Media Practicing Challenge.
- Choose a theme, style, genre, anything you like.
- Decide how you would like your students to approach the theme.
- Everyone learns a blues scale and performs along with a blues jam track like this one.
- Everyone learns the blues progression in a certain key and performs with the blues scale.
- Everyone learns a lead sheet.
- Everyone practices their scales up to a specific tempo.
- There are so many ideas! Choose one that suits your students and studio, and have fun!
- Record a brief video of yourself presenting this theme to your students, along with their assignment for the week.
- Once students have accomplished the assignment for the week, meet together on Zoom as a group and perform for one another, or have your students upload a short video to social media, or have them send a short video to you.
Music & Art Parties
Music & art parties are a fun way for everyone to watch something while creating art to go along with the performance.
- Schedule a time for everyone to watch a full-length performance video on YouTube or another website. This can be a philharmonic, chorus, marching band, anything that suits the needs of your particular students.
- Give them an assignment to create a piece of art based on what they hear in the performance. Any kind of art is great!
- Have them send you a short video describing their artwork to you after it is complete.
- Or schedule a Zoom meeting so each student can describe their artwork to the group.
These 5 activities can make online piano lessons very interactive and rewarding for all involved! I’d love to hear your ideas for more activities for online piano students. Leave a comment below. Happy teaching!