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Making Online Lessons Simple

I promised I'd send online ideas that make it SIMPLE for beginning onliners. I've been doing this for a while now. It is particularly helpful I find for kids in groups online. It helps the lesson get off to a flying start at that typically clunky online beginning of lesson with lining the technology up. It covers the super important LTR, PL and checking NOTES from previous week without saying a word. What I have in…
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Tips for Online Lessons

Ideas that can help streamline Online lessons you use? When your student is playing and you need them to stop, instead of shouting, use a percussion instrument. This can be fun, incorporating music instrument, saving your voice and for the student to not feel they are being 'yelled at' I have found clapping doesn't help as effectively as an instrument. Maybe the ears hear the instrument better, it is louder? I…
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Online Group Lessons

Has anyone successfully taught shared lessons in an online setting? My husband suggested Google Hangouts. I'm using Zoom. You can log yourself in with two devices so you can have a face to face view as well as a keyboard view. I think it takes a little education for the students to get familiar with the different views and how to set up their device, etc. but it's worked well so…

Grouping Shy Students

I have a very quiet, shy 15 year old (boy) and an extremely shy and quiet 11 year old girl who have private lessons back to back and am thinking of letting them have share lessons instead because they are at roughly the same song in the curriculum. She hardly talks at all though she (they both) cooperate and learn and practice well. I am just wondering if any of you have had experience with putting…

Charge Parent Who Wants to Learn

I had an inquiry from a lady today, she and her daughter both want to learn. I was wondering since I require parents to attend lessons anyway, should I charge only one private fee? Two shared lesson fees? I have a pair like that. I just teach and charge for the daughter since the dad has to be there anyway and spend a much larger amount with her and have the…

Twins progressing at different rates

I have a class with twin sisters in it. They have been with me for two years now. They are just 7 and are about halfway through Level 2. The growing challenge is that they are moving at increasingly different paces. Something has clicked for one and she's picking things up easily, while the other really struggles to retain something from one day to the next. Dad suggests this isn't an issue in other areas, that…

Fast learner in group

I have a class of 6-1/2 to 7 year olds. One little girl is just on fire. She practices EVERY day. She does the keypad, the recording, everything and more. Consequently she is learning much more quickly and is much more fluent than the other kids in the class. I don't have another class to put her in. Should I use the arrangements and variations to broaden her experience? The other kids have their hands full at…

Struggles with Alma Mater Blues

I need suggestions about an 11-year-old girl in a shared lesson with another 11-year-old. They both benefit from the shared setting (both were private until 2 months ago). She practices more since being in the shared situation, and the other student (a boy) is learning to slow down his playing more. The girl is having a much harder time with Alma Mater Blues than the boy is because she is not wanting or willing to slow…

Value of group vs private lessons

I am starting to get a few inquiries for piano lessons, but I have a hard time expressing the value found in group lessons versus private ones. I know what they are, but I get flustered when that call comes in and I lose my confidence in expressing how awesome group lessons are. I'd appreciate any input you'd be willing to share! Experience them and the more you do, the more…

Adding new students to group

I have a fairly new student who has completed the Foundation session, the Basics, and Dreams Come True. His friend wants to join him in learning piano, and the mom called me today to say, "May we join the lesson today?". I also have a new student who came to an FIS who will join this group. So now I have a group of three, ages 7, 7, and 9, for this afternoon. They have very…

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