Ice-Breakers for New Groups
Anna J., Canada
Any great ice-breaker ideas for piano lessons?!?!? I’ve been recommitting to group lessons this year and so I have several returning students who are coming together in new groups. While they all know me, they’ll be new to each other and I’d love to find ways to help them get over those initial awkward stages and into having fun together as quickly as possible. For those of you who work with groups, do you do anything special to help new groups get to know each other and jell?
Leeanne I., Australia
I have them introduce themselves and tell a little about themselves. Plus one thing they love to do besides playing piano.
Kerry V., Australia
I do as Leeanne does. I don’t put too much fuss into it as they are there for a purpose and just want to roll with it. They are ready to learn and it is through time they get to know each other. No need for fuss, intro about themselves, why they are there, what they hope to achieve, something interesting about themselves and move on.
Cate R., Australia
I had two boys come in together and I asked the parents about their likes and dislikes, one boy hated tomatoes and the other hated the washing up. So I made a story about backwards land where the boy who hated tomatoes was invited into a dinner party at the other boys house and the only thing they grew were tomatoes and the only play the both boys could do was after they did the washing up. Well boys were going oh yuck tomatoes and oh noooooo, washing up. They were both overtly comical so it was a great icebreaker. We based a lot of compositions around upside down world and backwards land. It was a blast.
Original discussion started September 9, 2019