Dear Mayron…

Dear Mayron…

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 in Class Routine, Logistics, Methods

  Don’t you wish you could just talk to someone who has been teaching group piano for years and could answer all your questions? It does not matter how many years I have been teaching (30+) there is always someone’s brain I would like to “pick”. Mayron Cole began self-publishing and teaching group piano many […]

Playing By Ear

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in Methods

 When I was 6 years old I tried playing a few tunes by ear, but my piano teacher would not have it. I HAD to learn to read the notes.  I was horrible at reading notes until one day it all clicked – and now I read the notes very well. But what about playing […]

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 […]