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As I mentioned in the Application for Enrollment post, it is important to get to know a student before you sign them into your studio. This first piano lesson plan is designed to serve as the initial interview, which will help you assess how well a student takes directions, listens, and learns. This lesson can also be used as a simple first lesson for a younger student, or combined with lesson two for an older student. I will use the Bastien Piano Method for my piano lesson plans but each lesson can be easily adapted to accommodate other methods. 


1. Bastien Primer PIANO book page 4. This page demonstrates how a student should sit at the piano. 

Where to sit - For a student whose feet touch the ground while sitting on the bench, they should not sit all the way back on the bench but should scoot up so they are only on the first half of the bench.  It is important that not too much thigh rests on the bench. For students who cannot touch their feet to the ground, they may sit all the way back on the bench.
  • Fun Piano Lesson Activity – Have the student stand up and sit back down in the proper position on the bench. You can get silly by having them do a few jumping jacks or hops on one foot before sitting back down in the proper place. Have them try closing their eyes and seeing if they can sit in the proper place. 
How far to sit –
 explain to your student that the distance the bench is from the piano is just as important as how they sit on the bench. The easiest way is to have the students place their hands on the piano and look at their elbows. If their elbows are straight and far from their torso, they are too far away. If their elbows are at their sides, they are too close. The ideal place is just in front of their torso and slightly bent. 
  • Fun Piano Lesson Activity – Move the bench back and forth and have the student place the bench the correct distance from the piano. Turn the bench crooked, move it all the way across the piano, under the piano if you have a grand, or flip it upside down to get a laugh. They should be able to put it back in the proper place before you move on. 
2. Bastien Primer PIANO book page 5 – Hands and Finger numbers

Make sure your student knows which hand is their right and which is their left. Show them the Colorful Hands* worksheet. You may have them color a few of the hands during the lesson or complete it at home. 
  • Fun Piano Lesson Activity – After explaining that each finger is numbered in piano have them wiggle the correct finger with each number you call out. Let them call out a few numbers to see if you can wiggle the correct finger too. Tell them you will try to trick them by wiggling the incorrect finger. 
Show them the Colorful Fingers* worksheet. You may have them complete a couple during the lesson or complete it at home.

3. Bastien Primer THEORY book page 2-3

Explain that the piano has a pattern. Ask the student if they see the pattern. They should see the sets of two and three black keys. Have them complete #1-4 on page 2 of the theory book. 
  •  Fun Piano Lesson Activity – Susan Paradis has a fun keyboard puzzle that is excellent at this stage and is available for download here. Cut it into puzzle pieces and see how fast they can put it back together. As with most of the games and activities I suggest on this site, they will be used again and in different ways so it may be a good idea to laminate the pieces. 

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  • I created this Make a Keyboard Activity as another activity to reinforce the pattern of the black keys. Print the activity on card stock. When you cut out the white keys, use the side without the letters on them for this lesson. You will use the other side of the white keys at a later date.

Move on to page 3 which explains the highs and lows of the piano. Follow the instructions to have them play the sets of keys with the right and left hands. 

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Make sure your student is not tucking their other fingers underneath.

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Their fingers should be open and relaxed on the surrounding keys.

Assignments:
Bastien PIANO pages 6-7. They will have to practice playing the sets of keys together and separately, low, medium and high. Have them practice saying “play up/down” for twos and "playing up/down” for threes.

Susan Paradis WORKSHEETS – Complete Colorful Hands and Colorful Fingers

Credits:
I use many online resources for my lessons. I have gathered these resources into easy to follow lesson plans to save new teachers time and energy.

*This lesson includes materials from Susan Paradis.

Please contact me if any of the links are not working or if you have any questions and/or suggestions.
 


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