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 groups.

However, group piano is experiencing a change. More and more group piano teachers are including students that are beginners with those that have been playing and taking lessons for a few years.

Group piano with students of different ages and skills.

I have limited my classes to ages 7 – 12 and would like to share with you the seven steps that I follow to teach a song.

The video at the end of this post includes a little more details and a visual of the piece (which you can download for free here).

Step 1

If the group includes a student that is joining the class for the very first time and has never played the piano, play a game (at the piano) finding 2 and 3 black keys and naming the white keys. (Experienced students will enjoy the game-like review!)

If your group does not include a beginning student you can prepare the student by playing the scale that corresponds to the new song that you are introducing.

Step 2

Label keys for first time student with Post-it flags . Skip this step if you do not have first time students.

Step 3

Listen to recording. I like to do this while I pass out the new music and they insert into their binders.

Step 4

With pianos turned off everyone points and follows the music in the score while listening to recording again.

Step 5

With headphones on students begin to sightread and explore their part. This is when I will show the beginning student how to position hands and guide in how to play the piece.

This is also the time to check on all the students and make sure they are playing correctly.

Step 6

With headphones on everyone plays along with the recording.

(take a break for a different activity)

Step 7

Everyone plays together out loud.

Click Here to Watch Me Explain the Steps on Video

Don’t forget to download your free copy of “Eleven”.

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