Here's Charlie's first lesson on a new piece called Melody for the Left Hand. This video shows exactly how we prepared her to successfully play the piece.
What I like best about this kind of work is that it puts the child in control of their learning. They plan out what chords will be played most frequently, which are rare. They scan through the entire piece happily before they play a note. I especially like that this prevents the student from playing until they make a mistake. It's so much easier to learn when you have a road map in front of you. In this case, it's a colorful map that points out all the curves ahead.
Try it the next time you present a piece. Let me know how it works for you!
You can find highlighting tape here.