My studio Christmas recitals usually fall the weekend before our last week of lessons for the year which leaves me with a perfect opportunity to sneak in some sightreading practice. I love to use that last week to sightread through Christmas songs and duets with my students. I pull out some easier Christmas books, let them choose which songs they’d like to try, and we enjoy a lesson full of holiday music fun! My students love it and have no idea that we are actually practicing an essential skill. I also like to have some Christmas worksheets on hand and some seasonal flashcards or matching games so that we can enjoy Christmas fun for the whole lesson.
How do you spend the last lesson of the semester? Do you have any Christmas traditions in your studio?
Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.