Piano Pronto in a Group Setting
I struggled for so many years trying to find a piano method that would be flexible to my studio needs.
Dreaming of creating my own piano method was always in the back of my mind.
Twenty-five years ago? That was next to impossible if you were not backed by a publishing house or had someone with extra cash to fund your project!
I “discovered” Piano Pronto in 2013 while judging for the Piano Guild in East Texas. An 80 year old piano teacher had several of her students playing pieces composed by Jennifer Eklund. I am not sure what impressed me about the pieces, but I know I wrote down the website, www.pianopronto.com, and started my research. So glad I did!
At the time I found Piano Pronto, I was also frustrated trying to find a way to transition my students from playing by ear to reading the notes. When I opened up Prelude I knew I had found that “bridge” I was looking for.
This blog post is not about that transition. I just wanted document how I became a fan!
Below you will find what I planned for the first week of group piano using Piano Pronto Keyboard Kick-Off. Students were ages 6-7, ALL BOYS!
You will notice that this lesson plan includes different activities that are suggestions. I probably conduct my classes a lot differently now, but I started with this framework. It can also be a springboard for yours!
On The Rug
Students and teacher sit in a circle on the rug. Sing the first 5 songs with or without accompaniment on CD, to get students acquainted with the repertoire they will be playing. Add the suggested activity to add some fun. Try this:
- Write the title of the first 5 songs on index cards.
- Place them face down on the rug.
- Allow each student to have a turn at choosing a card.
“Hot Cross Buns” – add hand motions.
“Largo” – share the meaning of the word. Sing it s-l-o-w-l-y.
“Little Snail” – show how to point to each note in the score of this song and sing the letter names.
“A Tistket A Tasket” – share the story
“Spring Song” – who is Vivaldi? What is this song about?
“Mini Musette” – action song! follow the lyrics!
At The Piano
Demonstrate at one piano central piano the 2 and 3 black keys. Then allow each student to do the same at their piano.
“C Me Play” – introduce whole notes and how you would like them played on the drum. Play the recording of “C Me Play” as you play it on the drums. If you do not have drums, play it directly on the piano.
Introduce page 1 and complete it together.
At The Piano
Introduce middle C and play “C Me Play”.
At The Piano
Introduce new note D. Play “Cha Cha Cha”.
- Find and play all the C’s and D’s on the piano
- Complete pages 1 – 5.
- Play “C Me Play” and “Cha Cha Cha” at least once everyday.
Have you used Piano Pronto books in a group setting? I would love to know how!