10 Things I Love About Group Piano

10 Things I Love About Group Piano

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in 10 things

Teaching piano in groups is not really that different from teaching one student.  Nevertheless here are 10 Things I love about it: It’s more exciting to create music in a group. Watching children help each other at the piano. The opportunity to teach Hot Cross Buns only once to 6 students at the same time!!! […]

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 […]