One of the things I really want to do this year is provide consistent opportunities for my students to hear more music. So I decided to set aside five minutes at each lesson to watch and listen to something special on YouTube. I have picked a different theme each month and so far it's been a very successful idea.
I don't do it with my very youngest students, but I'd say most of my students do their Look Listen and Learn journal each week. They have a page in the assignment binder where they write down the piece, performer and composer.
I have a Look Listen and Learn page here on this website, which gets updated with a new video each week. I try to include a little snippet about the composer as well.
In September we were watching Crazy Combos like the Piano Guys playing "What Makes You Beautiful". October was devoted to Spooky Music like the "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens. For the month of November I have just announced Piano Concerto month. I'm happy to report I have a day's worth of young students who think the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor is awesome.
Since this is a "no-exam year" I feel I have the flexibility to do this activity every week. If you asked around, my students would say it is a favorite part of their piano lesson. I encourage them to go listen again at home and show the videos to their parents...and they often do!
By the way, I use my iPad for this activity and connect it to good external speakers.
Feel free to come join us!