Group Piano Lessons
Why Group Piano Lessons?
When you began to look for a piano teacher for your child, you probably began looking for a private teacher.
And why not? A private teacher can customize the experience for your child. Your child will have the teacher’s full attention at every lesson. Your child will be able to learn at his own pace. That’s exactly what you want, right?
While this may be the “norm” for piano lessons, it’s not in your child’s best interest.
Many group lesson teachers have observed that students who spend their first 2-4 years in group piano lessons have triple or quadruple the skills of those who have spent the same amount of time in private lessons.
Group lessons are more fun! Learning and laughing with friends make lessons something to look forward to!
Group lessons help your child develop a broader skill set, since a good group lesson program will incorporate ear training, rhythm training, composition, and improvisation. These skills are often brushed over in a private setting because the focus is on getting the child to play music and read notes.
Group lessons capitalize on positive peer motivation—your child will practice more and with less nagging from you!
Group lessons allow your child to learn faster AND retain more information. Physical activities, games, and ensemble playing capture your child’s attention better than the lecture style of a private lesson.
Group lessons help your child bypass the fear and stage fright of performing because students are constantly performing in front of each other.
Group lessons make music-making relevant. The vast majority of piano students do not become concert pianists. They will, however, participate in orchestras, bands, choirs, or will simply want to tap into the joy of music making throughout their life, all of which they’ll be able to do with more ease due to the nature of group lessons.
Group to Private Transition
After those beginning years in group lessons, when a student transitions to a private teacher, they are more likely to continue in lessons for longer and they will emerge a more accomplished and well-rounded musician. They are also more likely to find joy in making music throughout their lives than those who studied only privately.
In my studio, students begin in group classes and stay in group classes until middle school. Then, depending on the students, they either continue in group classes, move to a hybrid of group classes and private lessons, or begin private lessons.
When and How Much?
Group lessons in my studio are fifty minutes long once a week during the school year.
Tuition for group lessons is $106/month with a yearly $50 registration fee.
Classes begin the week of August 17, 2020.
**Covid-19 Modifications to Group Classes 2020-2021**
Children thrive on predicability and routine.
Due to the constantly shifting state of this virus in our area, and in an attempt to provide some predicability and routine, group piano classes will be held entirely online via Zoom until pandemic status is lifted.
Prior to the start of classes the week of August 17, 2020, music will be available to pick up from the studio.
Students will need access to a device with Zoom downloaded on it. The bigger the screen, the better, since it will be easier to see. They will need this device set up to the side of the piano, so that I can see their hands, arms, and body position at the piano while they play.
Please make sure that enough bandwidth is available during class time so we can have a seamless transmission of information. This may mean ensuring that nobody at home is streaming audio or video during class.
Before classes begin, please acquaint yourself with the password-protected portion of the website, and make a plan to be able to help your child access instructional videos, assignment notes, and backing tracks each week.
Are you interested but still have a question or two about group lessons? Please reach out and I would be happy to answer your questions.
What People are Saying About Group Piano
“Ms Mindy is a gifted teacher. My son started in her preschool class and I was amazed by her ability to keep the kids engaged and learning. My son loved the class and looked forward to it each week. This year he is in a group piano class with Ms Mindy and once again I am impressed with her teaching ability and how much my son has grown. He has learned so much and absolutely adores Ms Mindy and her class. Try one of her classes, you won’t be disappointed!!”
“Mindy is such a thoughtful, well-organized, exceptional teacher. She’s so great with kids. She provides structure but keeps it fun. We’ve loved her summer camps & her piano class.”