As a full time piano teacher from September to June, I am eagerly awaiting some lazy days by the water in the coming summer months. I treasure having the downtime to recharge - it's crucial for teachers, students and parents alike. In any case, if you find yourself looking for activities on a rainy day or when the kids get “bored”, feel free to try some of the following musical adventures. Research shows that learning through play is actually really effective so they’ll be having fun, developing as a musician, and all the while staying out of your hair! :)
Play alI of the songs you learned this year and make a list of the ones you want to keep in your repertoire. Who doesn't love a good list?
Try transposing some of your favourite pieces up or down a key or from major to minor and vice versa.
Can you play Happy Birthday? If not, try to learn it! This is probably the most useful piece to know. My grandma always used to keep a copy of the sheet music in her purse just in case. Hint: Start on a G.
Compose your own piece on paper or with the Notion App.
Speaking of travelling, there are more than 1900 "Play Me, I'm Yours" Street Pianos in over 60 cities waiting to be played. They may be in disguise like this fox piano in Cobourg! Have a piece memorized and ready to go if you ever see one and then do number 22.
Foxgang Amadeus, designed and painted by Cobourg artist Katriona Dean, is #1 on Bored Panda's list of most beautiful outdoor pianos in the world (photo credit: Katriona Dean)
I hope that these ideas provide a spark of inspiration on your music making journey. I can't wait to hear you all report back in September!
For those readers who might be interested in piano lessons with me, please visit www.lizcraig.ca/teaching for more information and to sign up.