Group Classes

Why Group Classes? Sally Eppert was trained in teaching group piano classes in college. Group Piano training started in the 1970’s and has continued across the United States, stronger than ever today.

The research at the college level shows:

  • Group playing enhances the learning experience through peer interaction and is more gratifying.
  • Making music IS for everyone. I provide a safe learning environment facilitated by a caring teacher using creative, well-tested materials.
  • The group allows reinforcement of musical concepts through game play.
  • Group classes give all students many opportunities to play with each other and for each other. This helps lesson performance anxiety when it comes to recital time.
  • Group lessons enhance companionship and fulfillment.
  • Research shows that group lessons help keep the excitement alive and improve confidence.

 

Youth Group Class-Information:

*Tuition is $89 per month or $1068 per year. The tuition is based upon a 40 week, year round program, running August through July. All months are the same tuition price, even though the number of lessons per month will vary.

*Beginning first year classes are for students with little or no prior piano study. You must have a piano or keyboard with full size, touch sensitive keys at home for daily practice.

*Classes are for students, 1st-6th grade, divided by age. The small group consists of 5-7 students in a one-hour, once a week class for maximum learning.

*Students are expected to practice at home 5-6 days a week, 15-20 minutes each day to keep up with the class and reach their full potential. Also, piano is a lot more fun when you practice!

What First Year Classes Learn:

* Games and manipulatives help teach concepts

* Play pieces on the keyboards together and take turns soloing

* Early concepts include high, low, loud, quiet, fast & slow

* Continually work on steady beat in inventive ways with movement and percussion instruments

* Each one-hour class is planned with at least 13 different activities to hold each child’s interest the entire class

* Learn note names, keyboard geography and finger numbers

* Your child will read notes on the grand staff by the end of the 4th month of piano class thru an innovative landmark/intervallic approach

What Second Year Classes Learn:

* Games and manipulatives help teach concepts

* Play pieces on the keyboards together and take turns soloing

* Rhythmic concepts now include 8th notes and dividing the beat when counting

* This is the year we solidify hand position and work on five-finger positions.

* We work a lot this year with flats and sharps!

* We start to work on note-name flash cards

* Start to incorporate some “pop” pieces into the curriculum

What Third Year Classes Learn:

* Games and manipulatives help teach concepts

* Play pieces on the keyboards together and take turns soloing

* Rhythmic concepts now include 6/8, 9/8, 12/8

* This is the year to work on Sharp Key Families and Scales and Key Signatures and then Flat Key Families.  How exciting!

* Chords: I V I chord progression

* Still working on note-name flashcards

What Fourth Year Classes Learn:

* Games and manipulatives help teach concepts

* Play pieces on the keyboards together and take turns soloing

* Rhythmic concepts focus on 16th notes

* This is the year of the two octave scale and the I IV V I chord progression

* Start to incorporate classical music into the curriculum.  Yay!

After 4th year, some classes continue as a small group and some disband and the students transition into duet lessons or private lessons.  This is determined by what is best for the students involved in the particular class.