Group piano teaching opportunities can really pad your pocket book. But the real benefits are worth a thousand times more than what shows up in your bank account! If the prospect of teaching more than one little darling at a time makes you want to run for the hills… resist the urge and read on!
You’ve Just Got To Teach Group Piano Classes!
If you’re not already including group teaching in your piano studio you’re missing out on some seriously important moments. Why? Because group piano classes…
1. create a very strong sense of community amongst your piano families. This increases retention, word-of-mouth and overall satisfaction amongst your clients.
2. promote learning among peers. Children learn from watching other children. Plan your groupings carefully and watch peer-modelling work its wonders.
3. Are just plain fun! Piano is such a solitary instrument at times; music is meant to be shared and mutually enjoyed. Groups are a great opportunity to explore the joy that is music.
Not Your “Same Old, Same Old” Group Piano Class
Group piano classes don’t need to be an arduous planning project on your part. They also don’t need to be a weekly occurrence. Consider the following ideas for adding group classes to your piano teaching studio:
1. Piano Rock Band– if you have the set-up, combine 4 students of similar ability and teach them one popular lead sheet during the group class. You’ll need at least 2 keyboards or pianos (they share like a duet). Have them play as an ensemble once they’ve learned their parts. Two students play the bass line, the other two take the melody line. Songs like Coldplay’s Clocks are amazing in situations like this. If your group meets often enough to polish their pieces, have them perform at your recital for a real “wow” moment.
2. Piano Parties– Choose a topic to teach your students and create games, a craft, a fun snack and a chance for them to perform for each other surrounding this topic. You can choose a particular composer, a theory concept, a particular piece etc. Be creative and keep the activities short and sweet.
3. Performance Masterclass– teach your students how to give constructive feedback on a performance by having them meet to perform their current polished pieces. Serve fun snacks, give them their very own adjudication forms to fill out as they listen and have a great time sharing talents. This is a very motivating practice incentive!
By changing up the routines of your students’ regular lessons, and by connecting them with their peers, your studio will stand out not only within your current clientele, but also within your community as the word gets out. Give it a try!
Feeling inspired to offer a group class… but not so inspired to organize it yourself? Relax… we’ve got it covered! Check out our Piano Party Pack and simply follow along to create a group class that will have your students smiling!