Collaborative Piano Lessons
Collaborative lessons are the perfect blend of one-on-one learning, collaborative learning with another student and independent learning. This style of lesson is designed to maximise lesson time and student engagement and usually run for 60 to 90 minutes (depending on student age and level). For these lessons two students will arrive at the same time, one student will start with a private lessons whilst the other student does 'piano lab' which is independent learning time. This may involve working on music reading, rhythm or aural training using ipad apps; composing using notation software and the studio keyboard; completing worksheets/music theory assignments or reflective music listening time. In the middle of the listen we'll normally come together and complete a group activity such as a music theory game, work on a duet or work on musicianship or aural training together. Students then switch over and the other student has their private lesson whilst the other complete their piano lab tasks.
To add variety and novelty to learning once a term normal lessons are replaced with a larger group class where we work on musicianship and performing skills - these are always a highlight for the students as not only do they get to engage in group style learning and learn from other students, but it also builds a lovely musical community (and is lots of fun!).
In my lessons students learn to read music fluently and sight read with ease as well as play music by ear. We explore a variety of musical styles including classical and modern composers. Students also learn how to improvise and compose their own music. I have a vast music library with an exciting array of music to suit every musical taste, there is always something in my file to excite every student! Students also have group classes, piano parties and concerts to look forward to and to always have something to work towards so they are motivated to practice. We also do regular practice challenges to inspire good practice habits in a fun way.