These little 1-inch buttons are the glue that holds my piano studio together!
Several years ago, I created a system where my students are always working towards earning buttons as they pass different levels and learn different skills and pieces of music in their piano lessons.
My students love earning buttons for achieving different milestones and challenges and these buttons have proven to be very motivating!
The first week of each month is award week and at the beginning of lessons that week, students collect all of the buttons they have earned in the past month and add them to their collection displayed on their piano bag.
Awarding buttons once a month seems to be just the right frequency to keep students engaged all month long. Since piano is such a long-game activity, it’s really helpful to give students small, little bite-sized goals each month to help them maintain forward momentum in their piano progress.
These buttons are the perfect little motivator and students are so proud to show off their collection of buttons that they have earned.
We hand make all of the buttons in our studio and teachers are always asking me how they can get their own buttons.
Piano buttons are now available to purchase right here on VeryPiano.
Every button is still hand made in my studio. We have tons of designs available and more designs rolling out.
Some buttons correlate with specific milestones such as finishing a book or learning a duet but many of them are general buttons that you could reward for completing any piano-related task.
A great part about sharing these buttons with your students is that you have the flexibility to choose how students can earn them. They’re definitely more special than earning a sticker, so you’ll want to come up with specific goals that students can reach to earn their buttons.
For example, you might have students aim for a practice goal, learn a special piece of music, master scales, complete theory or sight reading assignments or accomplish other tasks.