Why Group Piano lessons?
- Students inspire each other, and learn from each others questions
- Students experience ensemble playing
- Peer motivation helps learning
- Piano Lessons Zoom and
- In person: Piano lessons Hawthorn East
- Performing in class = enjoying performing from day 1
- Growth Mindset demonstrated
- for beginners ages 4-11yrs
- Students thrive in a group setting
- It’s fun!
Term 3 Group Piano Timetable
Term Dates: Mon 19 Jul 26 – Fri 17 Sep 2021
- All classes are 30mins.
- Classes run on public holidays, unless noted.
Why Zoom Piano lessons?
- 2nd camera shows teacher’s hands on keys. (Easier to see than socially distanced)
- Lessons are recorded
- No travel, parking or waiting
- Some students more comfortable at home.
- Breakout rooms for small group and one-on-one
Group piano feedback
- Very calm and positive approach.
- Breakout rooms are a great idea.
- Continue to do the amazing work you are doing right now
- They were fun, and faster learning than I was expecting.
- Easily accessible online and Sharon was extremely organised & methodical in delivering her lessons.
We use the innovative group piano teaching method Keynotes. It includes multiple levels of challenges for every song, meaning that there is always something challenging and fun for every student in the group. Lessons take place on Zoom.
The teacher has two cameras. One shows her face. Another is directly above the piano keyboard, for demonstration.
Set up your laptop or iPad to the side of your piano/keyboard. Show both the student’s face, and their hands at the keys.
Lessons are password protected and recorded. Teachers have a Working With Children Certificate (WWC).
is designed to ensure that all aspects of piano playing and general musicianship are fostered in a fun and inspiring way.
Workbooks based around a story or a theme make the pieces cohesive and give structure to learning about musical elements and compositions.
In our Little KeyNotes (for ages 4-5) and Principal KeyNotes Level 1 (beginners aged 6-11), all of our pieces are songs with lyrics that are based around the theme or story. Pitch notation is addressed in Levels 2 and 3.
The initial points of learning are based around the notes of the keyboard, finger numbers of right and left hands, hand posture, reading and using crotchets (quarter notes), minims (half notes) and quavers (eighth notes), describing music using terminology for pitch, tempo, dynamics and instrumentation. Once these learning aims are secure, pupils move onto pitch notation, first treble clef and then bass clef. They also learn to read and understand dynamics, articulation and tempo.
Group Piano Lesson Structure
Lessons are structured as follows:
KeyListening At the start of each lesson we listen to music. Pupils are asked to think about various aspects, such as where might it be played, what is the mood and what character might it represent. This introduces them to a wide range of musical styles and helps them describe their elements and characteristics.
KeyConcepts. Every week students learn new concepts, such as; how to read a particular note, how to find a note on the keyboard, or which notes a particular chord contains.
KeyNotes This is the main part of the lesson, where students can apply the concepts learnt in a practical task where they perform, compose, improvise and develop their keyboard skills. We hear each pupil perform at the end of each lesson.
KeyObjectives An important part of learning is for students to know what they are supposed to have achieved and whether they have achieved it! we recognise achievement.
Little KeyNotes Little KeyNotes workbooks are for students aged 4-6. They will have some prior knowledge of the letters of the alphabet. (i.e. they can sing the alphabet song and recognise some letters, and they know numbers 1-5.
Little KeyNotes children may start out trying to improvise and may not understand that the letters on the page are to be played on the keys that correlate to their names! We find that after only a couple of lessons they should be able to follow the music.
The learning aims of the Little KeyNotes curriculum are to:
- identify the notes of the keyboard
- clap and identify basic rhythms
- clap in time to a piece of music
- describe pictures/stories of listening extracts
- compose short motifs for a theme
- understand and using correct finger numbers
KeyNotes Foundations One
Students move onto Foundations One when they consistently meet the learning objectives for Storytellers. This may be after one Storytellers workbook or after three; each child works at their own pace.
The learning aims of the KeyNotes Foundations One curriculum are to:
- identify and read the notes of the treble clef stave
- identify time signatures
- use chords I and V to harmonise a melody
- compare extracts by identifying similarities and differences using elements such as pitch, tempo, dynamics, rhythm and instrumentation
Points of learning running through all levels
In addition to each level’s learning aims, there are generic points of learning that run through all levels. They have been categorised as follows:
- Scales and scalic fingering
- Moving by step and by leap
- Melodic sequences
- Tonic notes
- Major/minor tonality
- Middle C
- Hand posture
- Finger exercises
- RH/LH playing – initially in octaves, then adding chords, and adding a written left hand with occasional left-hand melodies
- Listen for pitch, dynamics, timbre, instruments, tempo, rhythm, structure, texture
- Identifying cadences
- Sing back short melodies
- Clapp the music pulse
- Basic pitch and rhythm dictation
- Clapping/playing back short rhythms/melodies