The Guide to Intermediate Piano Lesson Planning


Intermediate Piano Lesson Planning? Do we need to plan and set goals for each student? After years of working with students and various technical educational resources available to me, I came up with a simple planning system that helps me organize day-to-day lessons effectively. Each lesson for the level 5-8 piano student is 45 min long and has to include 3 learning blocks: technique/warm-ups, repertoire, and musicianship.

Technique/Warm-ups – 10 minutes

This block includes fingers and hand stretches, fine motor skills exercises, scales, etudes and brain warm-ups. As a Technique block takes around 8 min of the lesson only a few elements can be used. The choice depends on the mood of the student and the repertoire plan for the current lesson.

Repertoire – 27 minutes

Repertoire block takes the biggest chunk of the lesson time, 27 min and consists of learning a new piece (8 min), work in progress (14 min) – detailed work on parts of the piece, and mastery (5 min) – polishing already learned the piece.

Musicianship – 8 minutes

Musicianship block includes listening, clapback, playback, theory and sight-reading elements. It is mostly impossible to go through all of those elements in each lesson, that is why I usually split them in half and go through one half in one lesson, and work on another half the week after. The actual sight-reading and theory are assigned as homework, which allowed me to do a quick check of them each other week.


Structuring the intermediate piano lessons in blocks allows us to cover all important elements of the learning and to develop a customizable and efficient lesson road map. Depending on the student’s mood and physical state, home practice efficiency, unexpected learning challenges, this arrangement awards with the flexibility to implement changes to the lesson plan with ease and on the go, add, move, reassign any part of the lesson to the next lesson and keep track of learned, planned and mastered concepts. Also, this type of lesson architecture provides me with the choice of how to start and proceed with the lesson, since I can move all elements in between the blocks to support effective learning.

Intermediate Piano Lesson Planning Aids

Additionally, if you need some help with organizing technique homework, try our Scale Practice Cards:

Scale Practice Cards, RCM Level 3

Scale Practice Cards, RCM Level 4

Scale Practice Cards, RCM Level 5

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