ThanksgivingThanksgiving is just around the corner – and in my studio, we are already working on Christmas music. I can’t believe how quickly the fall semester goes every year! We have two weeks of lessons before our fun Thanksgiving group class. Right now I’m pulling out games and gathering new activities for this event. November is one of my favorite months of the year as everyone takes time to be grateful. This year I am so grateful to have a healthy one year old daughter, a wonderful husband and thriving piano students! Truly, I’m living my dream to be a mother/wife and a piano teacher.

With Christmas recitals just around the corner, I sadly never seem to get to Thanksgiving music with my students. So this year, I decided to try something new. I made a simple duet of a favorite Thanksgiving hymn for my students.  The week before Thanksgiving I will be sending this home with elementary students so they can sight ready through both parts. Then at their group class we can read through the duet with everyone taking turns for a bit of ensemble playing time.  This also helps introduce a bit of the holiday mixed in with their regular practicing!

Download here: AllCreaturesDuet-Part 1 and AllCreaturesDuet-Part 2

And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve gathered together another list of the amazing resources available online for piano teachers. If you have anything to add, please let me know! We had so many people use our Halloween links so we hope this is useful for teachers again.

~ Susan Paradis just listed her Thanksgiving Round Up here. LOVE her game ideas and free simplified music!

~ Darling turkey printable graphic by Wendy at Piano Escapades.

~ Two free turkey themed theory activities under Teacher Resources from Jeana at Sing a New Song.

Author: Whitney

Whitney Hawker, NCTM, teaches group and private piano at Weber State University, Utah. She loves surprising students with the perfect piece or a new exciting game! After graduate school, she missed sharing ideas and resources daily with colleagues so she and her friend, Spring, began blogging together at