It’s been awfully quiet around this blog lately! I apologize for the scarcity of posts these last few weeks. October is always the “busy” month of the fall for me – full of student recitals, festivals, master lessons and concerts. You name it, and we’ve probably done it this month!!
I’ve also had the opportunity to work on a couple of big projects for my local association (more about those when they’re done…). In doing a little web research for one of those this week, I stumbled upon across a wonderful resource for pianists and piano teachers.
Check out this Piano Learning Center Page on the Piano Technician’s Guild website:
This site is full of lesson plans and printables. On the teacher’s page, you’ll find resources to teach your students about how a piano works, the history of the piano, even experiments to let them explore the physics of sound. In addition to that, there are also a number of games and activities to teach and reinforce musicianship concepts, and a few things that are just plain fun (like an origami pattern your students can print and fold into the shape of an upright piano!). The student section also includes a couple of online games that would be suitable for home or lab use.
If you haven’t ever run across this site, it’s definitely worth a look. Be prepared, though… there’s enough to discover here, you’ll be at the computer for a while!!