Last week I was telling you about my top favourite traditional Christmas songs for quick and easy time saving lessons. (You can read Time Saving Christmas Lessons right here) But don't we all have those students who shun the beautiful traditional Christmas songs and carols (or SHOCK HORROR have never heard of them!!!!) and are only interested in the more rock/pop/modern hits.
I am sure, like me, you have found that the majority of these songs are actually quite complex to play and can create quite a lot of workload to take down to a level where students can learn independently.
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So here are some quick and easy ideas on how to approach the trickier songs.
Yes, Christmas songs will persuade even the most reluctant of performers to open their...
Love it or hate it, Christmas is on its way and as music teachers we all know this is going to be a big time of year. Personally I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! Concerts, carol services, community singing, what's not to like? And you have the added bonus that you can do all the boring admin style jobs whilst singing some timeless and cheery Christmas hits!
On the downside the extra extra-curricular may result in you having to set the dreaded cover. Or just being far too busy/tired/exhausted to plan amazing lessons right up to the end of what will have been, quite frankly, an interminably long term. (When was the summer? Can anyone even remember it now??) . Time to do anything else at all becomes a major problem doesn't it?
So why not spend a couple of lessons focussing on keyboard skills? I find the old ones are the best when it comes to finding accessible Christmas tunes for students to learn independently. And...