Benefits of Group Piano

Thursday, April 7, 2022 by Maffrine LaConte | Pedagogy

  • Students learn from both their peers and their teacher
  • Provides limitless performance opportunities
  • Develops performance confidence and poise
  • Exposes students to a wide variety of repertoire
  • Encourages the development of critical listening skills as students listen to other students perform and then provide comments following the performance
  • Challenges students to develop communication and social skills
  • Aids in the development of problem-solving skills
  • Encourages students to make transfers of concepts and principles
  • Provides a dynamic and motivational learning environment
  • Facilitates productive, positive competition
  • Provides a prime environment in which to teach functional musicianship skills such as harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, improvisation, etc
  • Provides a motivational environment in which creative games and exercises may be used to teach and drill concepts
  • Has the potential to sustain student attention through captivating group activities, in turn permitting a longer lesson length
  • Encourages the development of a strong rhythmic sense through group eurhythmic (rhythmic movement)  activities
  • Provides a natural environment for the study and performance of piano ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, accompaniments)
  • Is a prime location in  which to study technique
  • Encourages the development of musical interpretation
  • An efficient and effective means for the presentation of materials for the teacher
  • Facilitates supervised practice opportunities

Excerpt from Teaching Piano in Groups

by Dr. Christopher Fisher, 

Director, Ohio University School of Music