• 1:50-1: 55 p.m. Assign Homework
• 1:55-2:00 p.m. (five minute cushion)
The schedule is primarily to keep you
from spending too much time on one subject. If you have found that you have gone
too long on one point, cut into another
point, and be prepared to send the unfinished work as homework.
Assign time to listen to students individually. For older students with longer pieces,
you may only be able to listen to a portion
of their music. When listening to students
with longer pieces, assign theory or writing
homework for the other students to keep
them from getting bored.
Know your lesson well enough to jump
ahead, or review past material if necessary.
If your students are having trouble understanding the eighth note lesson from the
previous class, don’t be afraid to throw out
the lesson on octaves you had planned, to
review eighth note rhythms.
Group lessons will never be able to perfectly accommodate every student. If some
students progress faster than others, allow
them to learn harder pieces. Even if your
students are playing at different levels, they
can all learn the same theory lessons. A student can learn about the Treble Clef even if
all her pieces are in the Bass Clef.
After the Lesson
Did they seem to understand the concepts,
or do they need more review? Were they
excited about the subject or bored? What
kind of environment did you bring to the
class? What did you learn about your students? What will you need to adjust for the
Every four to five weeks, hold an informal recital instead of class. These “Studio
Classes” teach students how to act during
a performance—bowing, walking on stage,
playing through mistakes, applauding, etc.
They also challenge students to practice
their music by having to prepare for Studio
Hold a recital at the end of the semes-ter/year. Have individual students perform
and include keyboard ensembles as well.
Recitals allow students to realize their accomplishments both as a group and as individuals. You may even be surprised at how
much you have learned in the process.
Naomi Peña was homeschooled from first
grade through high school and recently graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree in
Piano Performance. She currently teaches
private piano lessons as well as group piano
and choir for Orange Coast Musical Arts, a
homeschool musical arts program in Southern California. When she is not teaching,
she enjoys reading old books, writing short
stories, discovering forgotten hymns, and
organizing anything she can. https://naomi
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Even if your students are playing at different levels,
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