Review with Piano Students

Alicia said: Sep 17, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
13 posts

I am having trouble figuring out how to get my piano students to review previous pieces. I accompany violin group lessons and see how easy it can be to get violin students to review because it can be done all together at group class. However, our 30 minute piano lessons seem to go so quickly, and at group lessons I obviously don’t have enough pianos for everyone to review together.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Alicia Reid
Suzuki Piano Teacher
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Paula Bird said: Sep 17, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I was going to write this as a practice tip. This fall I have started something during lessons. The first lesson in a month I will have the student play through all the twinkles with me. At the second lesson of the month, I will review the book that the student is playing in. This has actually been working quite well so far. It gives me the chance to remind parents how valuable review can be. As we review each piece, I mention to the parents what advanced skills I will be teaching the child through this particular piece as a vehicle.

the moms who have been lax in review in the past, have started recognizing the need to do this on a regular basis at home.

I am not able to do as much review during group class as I would like.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Sue Hunt said: Sep 18, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

I get kids to practice the week’s major teaching point with review. They set a timer for 5—10 minutes and starting with Twinkle variation 1, they see if they can play it with a perfect teaching point. If all is OK, they play the next, and so on through book 1. As soon as there is a slip up, they have to go back to the beginning of the piece that they are playing.

At the next lesson, they tell me how far they got each day, while I praise them for the focus and hard work that that got them there.

Have a look at Review, Making it Fun Gets the Job Done. It’s really aimed at violinists and I’m looking for someone to help me adapt it for other instruments.

Alicia said: Sep 18, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
13 posts

Thank you very much for the advice! I think these suggestions will be perfect for my piano students!

Alicia Reid
Suzuki Piano Teacher
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