May 2013 Piano Party

My “piano party” group lesson this month was a lot of fun.  We began with the Rhythm Name game — always a favorite.  :)  The Rhythm Name game is described in this post.

Next, I played a variety of short classical pieces and asked students to aurally identify the piece as AB form or ABA.  This was also a good way to expose my students to repertoire by various composers.

This led us right into a listening activity of Leroy Anderson’s The Syncopated Clock, using Jennifer Fink’s wonderful worksheets.

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We listened to the piece a few times, filling in the information on the first worksheet about the three clocks in the piece.  Then, I passed out the worksheet showing the living room wall, and we listened again for the form of the piece and glued the clocks on the paper in the right order.  My students loved the music and enjoyed figuring out the order of the clocks!

After our listening activity, we played a couple of games: the Swat-A-Rhythm game and the Ice Cream Intervals game, as described in previous posts earlier this week.

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This was our last Piano Party of the year.  Over the summer, my students will have the opportunity to interact at the summer camps, and we will start up our monthly Piano Parties again in the Fall.

Planning monthly group classes does require extra time and planning, but I think it is so worth it!  It is valuable for students to make “piano friends,” and I love having the opportunity to reinforce old concepts, or focus on new concepts that don’t always receive the attention they deserve during weekly lessons.  I will definitely be continuing group classes again next year!

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Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted 9 May 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    I started group classes this year, but I want to make them a regular, monthly thing! I wanted to ask, how do you factor classes into your monthly tuition? Does it count as an extra class? Do parents have to opt in when they sign up? Do some choose not to opt in?

    • Posted 10 May 2013 at 11:24 am | Permalink

      When I initially set my annual tuition rate, I factored in that I would be offering group classes. Attendance each month is optional. Rather than try to enforce a required class, I decided to make it a fun “bonus” for students between ages 6-15. Some of my students try to be there every time, and others are less interested – but I don’t mind. The week before the group class, I send out an email to get RSVPs, so I know how many students to plan on.

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