If you're looking for a simple way to add fun to your piano lessons, consider surprising your students with a story. It's a great way to engage kids and get a few giggles too!
Here are some of my favorites!
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
One day a bear cub finds a strange object in the forest. He bravely touches it and is suddenly startled by the odd sounds.
But.....he's also intrigued.
And so begins this wonderful story about a bear who discovers a piano and learns to master the instrument.
This book is about much more than the piano. It's a lovely story about friendship and is a must-have for your collection!
Mole Music by David McPhail
Mole lives a simple, quiet life until he hears someone playing a violin. From that moment on, Mole is never the same. He determines that he can learn to play music too!
Through daily patience and practice, he see success! Soon others are enchanted by his music in a way that Mole never realizes.
It's a great way to discuss the importance of practice and the impact that our music can have on others.
Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow
If you're looking for giggles from your piano students, this is the book for you!
It's a story is about a little boy who goes to a concert at the zoo. Before long, he falls asleep and dreams that the animals storm the stage - becoming the musicians! They end up playing all sorts of instruments in a concert for the humans.
It's a creative story and the illustrations are delightful! Just what you'd expect from John Lithgow! And of course this one is great too!
The Cardboard Piano by Lynne Ray Perkins
We've all had times when playing the piano made us feel.....different.
If you have students struggling with those feelings, grab this book and start talking about it!
This is a story about a girl named Debbie who takes piano lessons. She creates a cardboard piano for her friend, in the hope that her friend will love playing the piano too.
Unfortunately, things don't go the way Debbie planned and both girls learn a life lesson: just because you're friends with someone, doesn't mean you always have the same interests. And that's okay!
(This is a great book to get discussion going, but I recommend it for your older students, not preschool.)
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What are YOUR favorite books? What would you add to my list?
Hi there! I'm Tracy Selle. A Christian wife, mom, and author of 101 Piano Practice Tips. I'm also a piano teacher and founder of Upbeat Piano Teachers.