What are group piano lessons?
Group piano lessons are a one-hour class in which five to ten students of similar age and skill level learn to play the piano together. It is similar to the Suzuki Method in that the teaching is done in a group setting, but differs from Suzuki in that the students learn to read music right away. The students each play on their own digital piano with weighted keys and use headphones so that the instructor can listen to and communicate with each student individually. The instructor has the ability at the studio to listen to each student alone or combine two to five students so they can play songs together.
Advantages to one-hour group piano lessons
- Students are taught how to practice, having time to work on what they learn at the lesson.
- The hour gives the instructor more time to cover not only the students' pieces, but also music theory, improvisation, music history, note drills, scales, chords and ear training.
- Students are motivated by each other and enjoy lessons because of the group setting. They feel the camaraderie of their peers, much like the experience kids in band and orchestra have at school.
- Students are able to play duet and group pieces with other students, helping to develop rhythm and ensemble skills.
Annabel Naglak – 515-708-5356
Group piano lessons are available for all ages and are grouped according to the level and age of each student.
Each student will play on their own digital piano with earphones, learning to read music and play solos and ensemble pieces. Each one-hour lesson includes scales and chords with music theory, history, improvisation and ear training.
Thursdays, F2229, Piano Lab
Group Piano 101, 4–5 p.m.
Group Piano 102, 5–6 p.m.
Fall classes begin September 13
Spring classes begin January 17
December 20, 7 p.m., F2211 (Choir Room)
May 16, 7 p.m., F2211 (Choir Room)
$300 Full Year (24-weeks; 60-min. sessions)
$150 One Semester (12-weeks; 60-min. sessions)