Piano Adventures Primer Level – group lesson
As I mentioned in my previous post the Piano Adventure series of method books have been a time saver for me!
Another great resource the Fabers have published is the primer level Teacher Guide which comes with a video and lesson plan for each piece in the Primer level Lesson book. So, adapting it for group lessons is even easier!
Here’s how easy it is to design a class for a group of 6 and 7 year olds :
Music Circle – we sit on the rug and choose cards hanging from clothespins on the wall. Each card has the name of an old or new song from the lesson book. I make sure there is a card for each student to choose. This is the best way to make sure that they remember what the songs sound like once they are home. It also makes them take responsibility for their practice. They can tell if they are playing it correctly or not. (I learned this quite well in my Musikgarten training!)
Next, I follow the lesson plan in the Teacher Guide which has sections titled:
“Let’s Get Started” which has a script for introducing the new song.
“Explore & Create” suggests ideas for improvisation, composition, duets, and
“Partner Pages” which lists the activities that correlate with the new song if you are using the Theory, Technique and Artistry, Sightreading or Performance books.
I love to add games to the lesson plan which keeps the class animated, varied and focused.
Do you do anything different with this Teacher Guide?