Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can share some insights on how to run a final lesson. I’m thinking of two particular scenarios: when it’s the last lesson with a student who is choosing to discontinue, or, more frequently, the last lesson before a bit of a longer break (i.e. Christmas or summer holidays). I always struggle a bit with whether this should be a time to review what we’ve accomplished so far, or to send them out with something new, or just to have some fun together exploring improv projects, etc. What is your approach to a “last lesson”? Looking forward to your thoughts!
Patti P., Hawaii
I tend to combine reviewing all that they have accomplished with doing something fun – games we’ve done or improv projects, if it’s their final lesson.
I don’t take long breaks during the year (2 weeks max) so I just do a regular lesson then.
When I hear of a student discontinuing – I try to create a goal to strive for – if they are close to the end of a Foundation, perhaps they could finish it, for example.
My last week of lessons before summer includes a piano party, so that is our focus – making a song really great, and also a composition to share – for students that don’t love to create music, this helps – so that could also be something to give as a summer “project”. I was also thinking to give “O Canada” as project for them to work on in summer if they do not already know it.