At SPS group lessons, students learn about music with fellow SPS students in a fun environment. Students play music-themed games, learn about the composer of the month, and listen to or watch performances of the composer’s music in a collaborative setting with other. 

Students play their current pieces–either in progress or mastered–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.

The group lesson concludes with a delicious snack and social time.

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.

At December’s group lesson, students are invited to wear their ugliest Christmas sweater, we have a Secret Santa gift exchange, and they play holiday-themed music. 

The final group lesson of the year is a joint event with everyone participating in the dress rehearsal and we conclude with a pizza party and games. With a larger group of kids together, the excitement and energy are palatable!

All group lessons are held at my studio except the final one of the school year, which will be held at the recital venue and all students attend together. Group lessons are included for students taking private piano lessons in my 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.