When I first began giving lessons, man, I was the bomb diggidy. Let me tell you, I had the most elaborate, well thought out lesson plans for each and every student. I would spend significant chunks of time preparing for each lesson in an effort to be THE BEST TEACHER EVER.
And that was the problem. Significant chunks of time. Elaborate plans. My eyes glued on my lesson plan trying to get every little thing I had planned for the lesson done in 30 minutes flat.
It didn't work.
Oh, I was working hard, but the lesson planning didn't work.
When I calculated how much time I was putting in before the lesson, in addition to during the lesson, and then re-filing everything after the lesson, it turns out I was making about $3 per hour. Not even joking.
And on top of that, I was a crazy woman during the lesson, trying to get everything in, reinventing the wheel week after week after week.
So, I have a wonderful secret to help you save yourself loads of time. Don't lesson plan.
Let your student's method book be your syllabus, your lesson plan, your guide. If the next page in your student's book introduces intervals, well, guess what, you're teaching intervals! If the concept for this piece is Bach's love of counterpoint, guess what, you're teaching counterpoint.
Its that simple.
It makes way more sense for the student and way more sense for you as a teacher. And if you want to connect a game or a worksheet to the concept -- have those on standby, already prepped, in a file box nearby, filed alphabetically. That way you can pull out a game or an extra activity, on the fly, in the lesson that matches the topic.
Keep it simple my friend. I'm pretty sure you will enjoy giving lessons more.