THE GROUP PIANO BLOG

KeyNotes Music brings you news, information and tips on teaching and learning in group class settings. In our blog we refer to collaborative group teaching, everyone learning and playing together.

I want to teach group classes, but I have no idea where to start! group piano beginners Oct 19, 2022

When teachers join our Facebook group, Teaching Group Piano, they are asked whether they teach groups, and if not what are their stumbling blocks to getting started.

There are two responses that come up the most often:

  1. I don’t understand how you manage individual progress within a group.
  2. I...
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Marketing Your Group Piano Classes - 4 DOs, 3 DON'Ts studio management Sep 12, 2022

Teachers so often wonder how to market their group piano classes, concerned that they are having to persuade parents who are already convinced by the 1-1 tradition.

First and foremost, if you are offering groups where students are learning and making music together, your case for the benefit for...

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Thoughts on Behaviour Management Aug 04, 2022

Thoughts on Behaviour Management in a Group Piano Class

Managing behaviour in our group piano classes is a concern for some of you. And if you have only ever taught 1-1, this concern is totally understandable. In fact even if you are experienced at teaching groups, you may also welcome some...

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6 Things You Should Know Before Launching Your Adult Group Piano Classes adult groups Jul 12, 2021

Here at KeyNotes HQ we have turned our attention to adult groups, and we know we're not the only ones! SO many of you are telling us that you are also thinking about launching your adult group classes this fall! So let's get straight to the 6 things we think you should know, before launching your...

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How, Why and When to use headphones in your group piano classes. group piano classses resources Jun 16, 2021

Headphones get a bad rap when it comes to group piano.

It is assumed that your groups are either simply mini private lessons, therefore everyone wears headphones, or your groups are collaborative, everyone learning the same song, in which case there are no headphones and everyone plays out loud.

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From Private to Group Piano - 7 factors to consider group piano beginners group piano classses Jun 10, 2021

There is a real buzz going around when it comes to group piano and I have spoken to so many teachers who currently only offer private piano lessons, but are thinking about starting their beginners in groups.

Why are they thinking about groups? I see two main reasons: time and opportunities.

Many...

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Your beginners don't need you! Redefining your offering for early-stage learners group piano beginners May 06, 2021
Your beginners do not need you. Controversial? Or a relief?
 
I have heard so many teachers describing various issues with their beginners: maybe they have a long wait list of them and no availability; maybe they are tired of teaching the same thing to lots of them and feeling they...
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Launching a group piano program in your studio…. 7 things to know before getting started. group piano classses Apr 29, 2021

On Friday 30th April (2021), it will be 5 whole years since I taught my first ever group piano class. I remember so clearly, both the excitement and the concerns, and after five years, only the excitement remains! I would love to share with you what those concerns were all those years ago, just...

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Reading Music and our Approach in Groups group piano classses Feb 11, 2021

IN my last blog post, I talked about the importance of nurturing independent learning skills in our groups and what that might look like.

In this post I am going to talk about how crucial it is that we set up the learning to ensure that our learners can be independent. The very success of our...

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Independent Learners in our Groups? Yes Absolutely! group piano classses Jan 29, 2021

When I first started teaching group piano, I did lots of research about what the recognised benefits are. This was mainly because I, like so many people, had only ever experienced individual instruction when it comes to piano learning, and I needed to convince myself, as well as all the...

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There's more than one way to…. offer groups! group piano classses Jan 11, 2021

I am all-in on groups. I only teach groups, and my groups serve a very specific type of piano student: one that thrives in peer engagement, that learns best through creative means, and one who engages in music-making for the joy it can bring. 

And you know what? I think 2021 is going to be a...

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The Nutcracker Mini Workbook! christmas resources Nov 05, 2020

The holiday season is a great time for those one-off mini projects that help everyone get into the spirit of Christmas! Most people, whether they are music students or not, would agree that music is such a key part of the season! So how about offering your group classes a mini one-off...

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