Off-Bench Time or what I use to call "Music Tech Time" or "Lab Time" in my studio, is a 15-30 minute session added to a private lesson. Two students arrive together and while one works with me at the piano for 30 minutes, the other completes tasks on the computer, iPad, worksheets, theory books, or listening to repertoire. Virtually anything you can dream up that you'd like your students to complete that may not get done at home. Then the two students switch.

Advancing high school students spend 45 minutes with me and 15 minutes reviewing concepts with iPad app drills, listening to repertoire or completing theory worksheets.

With this format, you can charge more ($1 per lesson up to one-third of your what you charge per lesson) because you are offering longer lessons. In reality, your students are getting twice as much time with you but your parents will not be paying twice as much.

Want to start Off Bench Time in your studio?

Stick around…I’ll keep posting ideas here at LeilaViss.com.

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Curious what to offer during Off Bench Time?

Below are casual videos originally recorded on Facebook Live. I share activities I plan for Off-Bench time. It's like a sneak peek into what can happen during Off Bench Time.

Off-Bench Tips Video #1

Three MUST-HAVE Apps for Your Studio Flashcards are a thing of the past thanks to Flashnote Derby.

Episode 16: Classical Composers and Forms Get facts about the Classical style period…

 
 

Countdown‼ (Event Reminders and Timer) Use this app to countdown to important events like recitals.

Read Ahead – practice piano sight reading Sight reading app ideal for those moving on from Piano Maestro.

Hal Leonard's All-Purpose Music Flashcards You can never find enough ways to use these dry erase cards in your studio!

Off Bench Tips Video #2

Episode 16: Classical Composers and Forms

Watch videos of well-known repertoire and artists and get facts about the Classical style period.

The simplest and fastest way to learn piano | Simply Piano by JoyTunes

 Ideal for beginners, transfers or those who need to learn about chords. Appealing because all tutorials and musical experiences use pop tunes as backing tracks.

Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought)

Read for brief and humorous bios of major composers.

M-Audio USB Midisport Uno | Portable 1-in/1-out MIDI Interface via USB…

Connect your iPad to a MIDI keyboard.

Tenuto

Test theory and ear training skills.

Classical Music I: Master's Collection Vol. 1

Listen to the most popular repertoire of the Classical genre.

Off BenchTips  Video #3

The iPad Piano Studio

 Five years ago, I wrote and co-published this book with Tom Folenta. Alfred Music began distributing it soon after it came out.

Is it time to play Kaboom in your piano studio?

A simple, easy to make game that can be tailored for any topic.

Simplify Your Studio Incentive

Instead of offering a store to spend Music Money, streamline incentive programs with credit cards and gift cards.

TW200T2 - Theory Gymnastics - Accelerando 2 Level C & D Revised

The one and only theory book I use with middle school and high school students.

Hal Leonard's All-Purpose Music Flashcards

I default to these at EVERY group lesson!

Music History/Instruments/Listening

My list of music history apps.

Off Bench Tips Video #4

NinGenius Music App Home Page

NinGenius has various levels and price points. I have the Class edition which gives ultimate flexibility in student accounts and customizing exercises.

NinGenius Belt Challenge

Use this downloadable PDF with NinGenius as a studio challenge.

Simplify Your Studio Incentives

Instead of offering a store to spend Music Money, streamline incentive programs with credit cards and gift cards.

Gift Card Punch Cards

These are my studio Punch Cards that feature Amazon App Store Chick Filet Dutch Bros…

Musical Paint

An example of a "Sandbox" app that invites studios to use curiosity and imagination.

Remember…

If you have a particular question or need help getting started. Consider scheduling a consultation with me.

Learn more about a personal consultation here.