After 2.5 years online, we went back to partial in-person lessons in September, and we started 4 beginner group classes for our Music for Little Mozarts program. In December, some of these students had their first piano recital using the Music for Little Mozarts Recital Story Book. The parents were thrilled that even the students who only started in November were able to take part in the recital.
The Recital Story Book is great because it follows the progress of the Lesson Book, so any student working through the Lesson Book can play pieces from the Recital Story Book. I read a cut down version of the story and the students sang and played the songs. One of the older students played the accompaniment parts, and I encouraged (bribed) the students to sing along by letting them know the goody bags and stickers were only for those I heard singing :)
It was so much fun that we are starting our 5th Little Mozarts group class next week! Yay!
One of our goals at Piano-Together, is to have as many children as possible involved with the piano. Our lessons are inexpensive, we take on students with digital pianos and keyboards, we often compose music specifically for our students, we use LOTS of PowerPoint games and activities, and we make the classes as fun as possible. All these efforts have helped our studio to really grow!
Another thing that has helped us grow, is music videos! Now that all our lessons are online for the foreseeable future, our recitals are also online. We encourage families to share the recital videos with family and friends, and when they do, it brings more students to our studio so we can share the joy of music with even more children. Yay!
Ode to Joy is very popular among our primer students - and new beginners are looking forward to learning it after seeing Vihaan perform it this past Christmas! You can download a copy of this primer version of Ode to Joy for your own studio :)
We were unable to do in-person recitals this year, so for our Christmas Recital, we did a "Piano Postcards" project. We used the VideoShop app to edit the student's videos into the "postcard" format and just for fun, we took advantage of some of the animated gifs. Here are a few of the performances.
Unfortunately, the game has also brought a few tears for those who don't know the notes very well, because they "missed the bus" several times in one afternoon! So I put together a video to help them to practice note recognition. Feel free to use it with your students too :)