Beautiful Hands!

Beautiful Hands!

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Technique

Flat fingers. Hanging thumbs. Wrists resting on the keyboard. Pinkies up in the air. Working on technique during a group lesson is a challenge and being consistent is the key to making it happen. Keeping your eyes on two or more pairs of hands is no small feat while trying to make music! But it […]

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 […]