Meet the newest member of my studio!
At our state conference a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a wonderful workshop by Betty Todd Smith titled “You Like to Practice? Why???” As a part of the presentation, she discussed fun and creative ideas to help students learn to repeat tricky passages. The one that grabbed me? Mr. Potato Head! Students start with an “empty” potato, then get to add a piece each time they successfully play the passage in question.
I had NO idea how big a hit this would be with my students. For the last 2 weeks, they’ve been coming to lessons asking if they get to play the Potato Head game again! With a few, I had to get creative to find a good reason to work him into their lessons. So far, Mr. Potato Head has helped us:
- Practice tricky passages
- Drill our note names (for every 2 notes students name, they get to add a piece)
- Drill interval recognition by ear (again, every 2 correct intervals and they get to add a piece)
When he hasn’t been busy helping us in lessons, he’s also come in very handy in entertaining waiting siblings. This just might turn out to be the best $8 I’ve spent this summer!!