Piano Lesson Planning

How many times do you finish teaching lessons, only to sit down to plan for next week – and you have forgotten what each student is working on?! I am always looking for ways to work smarter, not harder. Being a mom and having many different things going on requires that I am efficient with my time. When it comes to planning for piano lessons, I use a simple template to help me organize my thoughts.

The template shows three things:

  1. What the student is currently working on
  2. What concepts I am introducing
  3. What we need to work on next week


I use this space during the lesson to jot down concepts/skills that the student is currently working to master: note names, a specific technique (two-note trills, octave jumps, correct hand position, wrist rotation), a specific chord progression, or even the page number of the method book they are in for reference later.


It is helpful to have a record of when I have introduced a concept, so that if a student has difficulty over several weeks mastering it, I can look back and see when they began working on it. I also jot this down during the lesson.

Related…If I know when the concept has been introduced, then I can see how we have tackled learning it in the “currently working on” notes. Maybe it is time to change my approach and try a new way of looking at the concept.


The best time for me to plan what we need to do next time is during today’s lesson. It takes only a few seconds to jot down what our focus needs to be, or what book/piece we need to start on next time. I can also write down “end lesson early” or “email parent” if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

By consciously taking a few seconds during each lesson to jot down notes, I make it easier for me to track progress, identify where students are getting stuck, and get a head start on next week’s lessons. When I am finished teaching for the day, or when I have space later in the week to sit down and consider what I need to prep for next week’s lessons, I have a reference point from which to draw ideas. Or, if my notes are clear and to the point, often nothing else is needed planning-wise, and I can move on with other tasks!

Click below for the FREE Piano Lesson Planning Template!

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