At SPS group lessons, students shift from private instruction to a group setting. Once a month, students gather in small groups. They play music-themed games, learn about the composer of the month, and listen to or watch performances of the composer’s music. They play current pieces, polished or in progress, for one another.
This group setting provides a place for students to learn how to listen well, and to provide & receive constructive feedback. All students will be asked to play prior to the group lesson, and no one is put on the spot. Additionally, the performer introduces themselves and the title of their piece, and concludes with a proper piano bow.
Some special group lessons events: For the past two years, Don Bunch, a piano technician from Vanceboro, has been a special guest. He educates the students about the piano–how it’s made and works, answers student’s questions, and plays the piano for them. Mr. Bunch is always a delight to have.
In December, all three groups meet for an all-group lesson at a specific venue. Students play an informal performance for their peers consisting of holiday music or a recent piece they have prepared. We play exciting group games and conclude the time with delicious snacks and social time. The festive occasion is preserved with a photo booth where students dress up with holiday props and let out their inner silliness.
The final group lesson of the year is a joint event with everyone participating in the dress rehearsal. We top off the dress rehearsal with fun group games, and pizza + ice cream. With a larger group of kids together, the excitement and energy are always palatable!
All group lessons are held at my studio except the all-group lesson in December and the dress rehearsal in May.
Group lessons are once a month, starting in October, and an additional benefit of taking private lessons in Sempre Piano Studio.
Participation in group lessons is optional, but all students are strongly encouraged to attend for social interaction with other budding musicians, building relationships, and all the engaging learning that takes place.