Group Piano Classes at Miss Jane’s Music
Why should you consider group piano classes for your child?
- +Group collaboration is an ideal setting in which to learn the fundamentals of music and piano playing.
- +Group creates a fun learning environment. Working together, students explore on and off the bench activities that include singing, instrument-playing, dancing and playing piano.
- +Group encourages an exchange of students ideas and generates a sense of accountability and healthy competition.
- +Group help students to develop critical listening and communication skills.
- +Group develops focus and concentration. Playing as an ensemble helps students sense the sight, sound and emotion of music all at the same time.
- +Group has shown increased student motivation and better quality of preparation.
- +Group students have the opportunity to practice new concepts while still with the teacher, thus heading off possible mis-practicing mistakes made at home.
- +Group provides an opportunity for students to experience the joy found in making music, and when students learn joyfully they will become lifelong lovers and learners of music and piano.
About the piano curriculum at Miss Jane’s Music:
Miss Jane’s curriculum allows for flexibility. New songs are introduced every week. Although all students are encouraged to learn each song, it it not necessary to master EVERY piece to progress. There may be a piece that is not a personal favorite, but then they get excited by the next one and the progress continues. Pieces are scaffolded so that as new concepts are introduced, challenges arise, but then the level of difficulty may ease back on the next selection, thus allowing for faster and greater success.
Traditional Piano Teaching (private lessons) vs. Miss Jane’s Music Group Piano Classes
-Students sit on the piano bench for 30-60 minutes
-Method books offer mostly unfamiliar pieces
-Students work on a piece until it is mastered
-Solo playing can lead to problems with steady beat
-Tuition can be $240 – 350 per month
-Students alternate between singing, moving, playing percussion instruments and playing piano
-Pieces are taken from the rich American folk song collection that many students have been hearing since infancy
-New songs are introduced every week to keep the music fresh, mastery of EVERY piece is not required and does not impede forward progress
-Playing together helps students feel the internal pulse of the music
-Tuition averages $100-150 per month
What beginning piano students learn in group:
- How to sing in Solfege and read notes using the “moveable do” method
- The Gordon rhythm syllable system. Both Gordon and solfege begin with an aural approach, ear before eye, a similar approach to how language is learned
- How to play and read familiar 5 finger melodies with a chord accompaniment, thus using both hands almost immediately
- How to play and transpose to several different hand positions, both major and minor
- How to play individually and in ensemble
- How to notate five finger melodies and simple chords
Although Miss Jane’s Music strives to serve as many willing children as possible, we may not be a good fit for everyone. Please alert us to any learning issues that are diagnosed so that we may best serve the student. Students will be expected to make appropriate behavioral choices and may be asked to leave if behavior affects the class progress.
Sign up for Group Piano at Miss Jane's Music!
New Classes begin in May 2021!
55 minute group weekly classes live via Zoom
All materials provided by Miss Jane's Music
Online access to lessons
How do I reserve my spot in the next session?
Please indicate your availability on the form, and you will be contacted when registration opens.