Venturing into piano parties or summer camps? Good for you!
Group piano parties are a fabulous opportunity for student networking and community building. These two factors mean piano parties are also a fabulous opportunity for growing your studio through word-of-mouth and student retention (two “golden phrases” for piano teachers). Piano lessons don’t have to be a solo activity… in fact, during group piano parties it can even be a team sport!
Previously we shared how to play Keyboard Krazies and Keyzie Relay. Today it’s all about that bass… I mean… rhythm as I show you how to play Rhythm Squeeze… a game you can prep in literally 30 seconds.
How To Play Rhythm Squeeze
Split your piano students into two lines and sit them on the floor facing each other. Each line of students holds hands. Place a beanbag or other small object on the floor in between the two lines.
To start, draw one measure of rhythm on a small card and show it to the student at the head of each line, keeping it hidden from the other students. On the word “Go!”, each “line leader” must squeeze her partner’s hand according to the displayed rhythm. This student then quickly squeezes the rhythm into his second partner’s hand who then squeezes the hand of the next person in line.
When the student at the end of each line gets the “rhythm squeeze” they race to grab the beanbag. The first person to grab the beanbag then claps the rhythm. If correct, his team team scores one point. If incorrect, the opposing team scores one point.
The first team to 5 points wins. *If students don’t want to hold hands, the rhythm can be tapped onto their knee by their neighbour… assuming they are all sitting cross-legged.
What Do Your Group Piano Classes Look Like?
We’d love to know how you entertain a group of piano students for a couple of hours. In the comments below tell us a little something about your own group piano classes. How are they structured? Who do you invite? Do you have a game that works wonders every time?