The Beauty of a Routine

The Beauty of a Routine

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Class Routine

Wake up. Get out of bed. Brush your teeth. Quiet time. Exercise. Prepare lunch. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Go to Work. It’s a good plan. I try to follow it every day.  TRY. Mostly I end up with a variation of this plan. But I have a plan! Your group piano class MUST have a […]

Beginners

Beginners

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Methods, Technique

  Last year I decided to learn biblical Hebrew (really??). Luckily, I had a fabulous teacher who was extremely patient. Being a student again made me take a second look at the expectations I had for  my beginning  group piano students. Here are a few things I learned from my own class: Start slow even if there are students […]

Method Books for Group Piano

Method Books for Group Piano

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Methods

Method: (1) a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) :  a systematic plan followed in presenting material for instruction For years I’ve been looking for the perfect method for group piano. There is none. I have yet to meet a group piano teacher who […]

Group Piano & Young Beginners- The List

Group Piano & Young Beginners- The List

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 in Class Routine, Classroom management, Methods

One acoustic piano is enough. Repeat. Repeat Again.  Then do a little repetition. Take a song home! One Piano Don’t delay the start of a great piano adventure by thinking that you need to have a keyboard for each student.  You will divide your class time between singing on the rug, playing rhythm games, refining […]

May I Ask You A Question?

May I Ask You A Question?

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 in Logistics, Methods, Technique

Recently I received a lovely email from a teacher in a nearby city who is wanting to begin to offer group lessons.  I thought it would be a good idea to share her questions and my answers – I’m sure there is someone else out there who is wondering the same thing! 1. When have you […]