2020 Group Teaching Path

Group Teaching Path
Dr. Pamela Pike
Dr. Pamela Pike

Keyboard Ensembles: Fun (and Musical Engagement) for All!

Learning to play the piano can be a lonely endeavor. In this session, Pike will discuss the benefits of including keyboard ensembles in curricula for students of all ages. She’ll explore specific musical and technical skills that can be developed in rehearsal and performance from piano duets and trios to larger multi-part keyboard ensembles.The session will feature music that can be adapted or used in any studio. Some of the examples can be played on one piano, while other examples will require two pianos or even multiple keyboards. The session will feature video of students rehearsing and performing, and a handout offers an excellent reference list and resources for locating additional ensembles.

Dr. Pamela D. Pike is the Barineau Professorship of Piano Pedagogy at Louisiana State University, where she coordinates the group-piano and piano pedagogy program. Pike has published over three dozen scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals, several book chapters and the book Dynamic Group-Piano Teaching: Transforming Group Theory into Teaching Practice. She is author and teacher of How to Play Piano (The Great Courses). Pike is Editor-in-Chief/Chief Content Director of The Piano Magazine and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Music, Technology & Education. She is immediate past president of Louisiana MTA and serves on several boards for the International Society for Music Education.

Challenges and Solutions in the Classroom: 5 Important Topics We All Encounter

1. Parents: How do I create supportive and committed parents for my group program?
2. Curriculum: Where do I start when deciding on group piano curriculum?
3. Adults:  Why is it so hard to form and keep my adult classes?
4. Classroom management: This topic scares me!  Where do I begin?
5. Recitals: Should I be presenting different types of performances for my groups?

Group Piano Specialist and Entrepreneur, Debra Perez is passionate about creating collaborative learning experiences for students of all ages. Her belief in the power of group learning lead her to co-create three group piano programs; Musical Moments for Adults, Way Cool Keyboarding for Teens and Way Cool Keyboarding 4Kids. Debras’ work in group piano has been featured in music and business publications, national conferences, webinars and online courses. She owns and operates two music schools in South Texas and enjoys helping teachers, schools and music stores create successful group piano programs.

Lynnette Barney
Lynette Barney

The Magic of Mixing it up: Effective Learning in Groups of Mixed Ages and Levels

It’s great when students in groups are similar ages and levels, but what can you do when they aren’t? When siblings come together or students pull ahead or lag behind, how do you keep everyone engaged and learning? Discover ideas, games, and activities for teaching and reviewing in groups of mixed ages and levels. Put these ideas right to use in group lessons, summer camps, and wherever students are learning and playing together.

Lynnette Barney believes magic happens when musicians play and learn music together. Her unique lesson format, featured on the Tim Topham podcast, incorporates weekly ensemble classes alongside private lessons for her 60 students in Arizona.

Marie Lee
Marie Lee

TnT — Technology in Teaching: Apps to Ignite and Involve your Students in Group Learning

Are you ready to incorporate technology in your group studio? Unsure how to use music apps in your classes while engaging all students at the same time? In this session we’ll explore my favorite apps and techniques to use them in your group teaching. We’ll also cover different options of projecting the app for all to see.

Using the latest techniques, refined by weekly experiences with over 130 students, Marie Lee uses group piano classes to motivate and inspire musicians so they can enjoy a lifetime of creative and beautiful music making.  Owner of Musicality Schools in Henderson, NV, author of The Group Teaching Blueprint, Group Lessons 101 webinar presenter, 88 Creative Keys Conference presenter, Nevada Music Teachers Association presenter,  podcast presenter and guest writer at TimTopham.com, and guest writer at LeilaViss.com.

Dorla Aparicio
Dorla Aparicio

Group Piano for Mixed Ages

Learn one of the best ways to teach group piano with students who are at different stages of learning.

Dorla Aparicio, has been teaching group piano for more than 30 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance in Mexico and a Masters in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. After six years as Early Childhood Music Coordinator at TCU’s Music Preparatory Division, Dorla now teaches over 50 students in her private studio and serves as adjunct music instructor at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.  Dorla shares her knowledge at grouppianoteaching.com, where you will find her blogging about piano camp curricula and group piano classes.

Leah Drake
Leah Drake
Sandy Triplett
Sandy Triplett
Rita Hovanesian
Rita Hovanesian
Janice Jensen

Tried and True Tips for Group Piano

Join these group piano experts as they share their tips, success stories, challenges, and strategies to help you be successful in your group teaching.

Leah Drake is the director of Vibrant Valley Music Studio in Los Gatos, CA, and she has been building her group piano program since 2018. In addition to after-school classes, Leah also runs a group piano elective program for Mulberry School, where her studio is based. When she’s not teaching, Leah loves to hike, swim, and golf.

Sandy Triplett has a thriving private piano studio and teaches RMM classes for adults.  She has been a presenter in workshops and conferences on the national, state and local levels.  As a lifelong music educator, she is passionate about crafting useful teaching strategies to create a positive learning environment for her students.

Rita Hovanesian is the Director of Music Education of Keyboard Concepts in Sherman Oaks, CA and has been teaching her private studio for over 25 years. As director, Rita runs a thriving group program for children, using the Yamaha method and for adults, the Music Moments program. The unique experience of these various teaching platforms gives Rita a different and fresh voice. She holds a masters degree from UCLA.

Janice Jensen teaches piano to adults and children, and loves being able to share the joy of music with all ages.