Humor Can Help You Teach

Laughter lightens the air.

We don’t want our students tuning us out as we drone on about piano theory.

When one of my students was trying to remember which rest was a half rest or a whole rest, we came up with a silly visual trick to help her remember.

The Half Hat (aka Half Rest)

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The Whole Beard (aka Whole Rest)

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From that time of laughter, there was something to learn.

Doodle. Laugh. Don’t be all serious.

Humor can help you teach.

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Using Stickers to Help Students with Dynamics

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All you need:

Stickers! ūüôā

What to do:

Simply have  your student place stickers at the points in the song where the dynamics change. Not only can this help them get to know a new song better, but it can also bring some color contrast to the black and white page, and work as a helpful reminder as they play. This exercise might be especially good for a visual learner who is having a hard time connecting to the feel of the song.

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What is one of your favorite ways to help students emphasize dynamics?