Same Song for All

Same Song for All

Posted on Oct 30, 2019 in Class Routine, Featured, Methods, Planning

What? Really? There is no variety in your studio? What do you mean “they all play the same song”? Aren’t your students bored? What about siblings? Won’t they be upset they are playing the same song? It is one of the best things I have done for my studio. I Simplified my repertoire choices. Why? […]

How I Teach My Groups

How I Teach My Groups

Posted on Oct 12, 2019 in Class Routine, Featured, Methods, Planning

If you are an experienced piano teacher you know what it is like to teach a wide range of students with different skills and abilities. In my studio I might have 8 students during the same hour learning together. This is becoming more and more common as teachers discover the value of teaching piano in […]

How to Teach Mixed Ages

How to Teach Mixed Ages

Posted on Sep 25, 2019 in Class Routine, Featured, Methods, Planning

Have you ever had a waiting list of students ready for you to schedule and time slots for group piano with only one or two students signed up? Maybe they were not all of the same age group you were hoping for. Perhaps they can only come on a specific day of the week. It […]

Mixed Ages: Part III

Mixed Ages: Part III

Posted on Feb 25, 2019 in Class Routine, Featured, Methods, Planning

It is so exciting to see the many ways that group piano teaching has blossomed over the past 20 years. I’ve mentioned the different styles before, and with today’s post, I wish to highlight just one. Read Part I and Part II here. The group piano class for mixed ages allows students to build friendships, […]

Mixed Ages: Part II

Mixed Ages: Part II

Posted on Mar 10, 2018 in Class Routine, Featured, Logistics

In Part I of Mixed Ages, I shared my reasons for mixing different ages and piano skills in my weekly group lessons. Now I will share how I have made it work. Group lessons must always have a structure and a plan so that chaos does not take over.  Adding different ages and skills could […]