My studio's 2020 back to school checklist

2020 is realising to be a strange and challenge year, for both teachers, students and families alike. Many whom have never considered online learning before, have suddenly found themselves thrust into a world of laptops, Zoom and internet.

I'm certain is a turning point to evolve education into the modern digital world. My studio has been well-resourced to deliver high quality and personable education throughout the peak of COVID-19.

With September 2020 the target date for UK schools returning back to in-person education, below is my studio's 2020 back to school checklist, as I prepare for an exciting new academic year.

Here's what the studio has been doing in the run up to September 2020

  1. Check the studio's library and re-stock resources with each individual student's current and upcoming progress in mind. Having books that are fun and the right level of challenging results in happy students and good progress. This is certainly a challenge with a large student community and big variety in abilities and interests.

  2. Plan the 2020-2021 academic year with challenges, projects and activities. This includes annal projects such as competitions, recitals, composition projects and shorter micro activities for the younger students. By doing so, students are always kept on their toes and learn to sharpen skills in all areas of music.

  3. Find out each individual student's personal goal and set a target to achieve this before the end of 2020. By having education by student-driven, it empowers them to take responsibility for their actions and progress. This is a life-long skill which build character and strong work ethic.

  4. Prepare for the welcome back email for adult students and piano parents. Whilst regular monthly newsletters are sent out, the start of September one is particularly important because it reveals the exciting plans in place for coming year. Having parents and students be part of a studio community means including them in all the plans. However big or small.

  5. Send out registration forms and goodie bags for child students. Children love receiving a personalised musical goodie bag in the post when they register, particular stickers of all shapes and sizes.

  6. Start considering each student's progress and how to progress them towards their next milestone. Each student is a unique individual, hence their progress, interests and skills will each differ. For example one student may be stronger with aural skills whilst another shows greater co-ordination skills with both hands.

  7. Deep dive into Professional Development resources to build upon my skills and technique as an educator. I strive to always become a better teacher for my students, and this is reflected in the continual improvement that students and parents see in real time with how the studio feels.

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