We have worked extra hard to keep our students motivated this year. In March 2020, we went from 5% online lessons to 100% online lessons, and with students being in front of a screen so much already, we wanted piano lessons to be very different from school. One of our motivators was to give the students Piano Packs at the start of he school year. The packs were different depending on the student’s level, but we included things that would be fun for them.
For example, our Mini-Mozarts students play an online game called Rainbow Keys - so they had rainbow shaped erasers in their packs. (They all noticed it looked like the rainbow on the game 😄).
Our pre-primer students are working on finger numbers and the musical alphabet, so they had thimbles -for our finger number games, and alphabet letter cards.
For the students that play Piano Bingo, we included counters for their bingo boards. Everyone got pencils, stickers and mini post-it notes. The post-it notes are great for marking practice pages and preventing the “I couldn’t remember which page I was supposed to practice” excuse 🙃.
We had a Piano-Pack-Pickup Day at the location where we used to have in-person lessons. Parents were able to drive through and pick up free Piano Packs for their kiddos. For those that were not able to make it, we mailed out the piano packs. (That ended up being a pretty expensive so next time we will probably have 2 pick up dates!)
We didn’t give Piano Packs to the teenagers - they are not particularly keen on stickers and erasers, but the packs are a big hit with our elementary school students!