Group Lesson Activities

If you're a teacher who doesn't teach group lessons and you need to teach one, you might be at sea when it comes to choosing activities. An example: you are implementing a new makeup system: a child who misses her private lessons and can't reschedule at a time convenient to the parent - - your convenience is not very important in this case unless you are fully booked and have a long waiting list, such that you can afford to drive off a student because of your inflexibility - - receive a group lesson (often on a weekend day).

Note: I recommend the group lesson be an hour long. In exchange for the group lesson situation (at which the parent might balk because he has paid for a private one), the child receives a "free" extra lesson. Make sure you point this out: "The group lessons are an hour long, rather than half-an-hour. It will be no problem for her to concentrate for that long, so don't worry about this."

Here are some easy ideas to implement for a group lesson.

True, you'll have to do some planning, but these ideas should pretty much have done the job for you!

Finish, if you like, with punch (you serve it from a pitcher) and store-bought cookies. Two apiece is good - - no meals will be spoiled by two cookies. (keep the kids and their goodies away from your instruments.) A good time was had by all!

You can make these group lessons fun (yet constructive) with not much effort. The child bounces out with a grin after the lesson ("Be sure to tell your mom dad about the Don't Stop Game we played! Maybe you can play it tonight at home?!"), and the parent is glad that this option turned out so well (he was dubious). It was worth the effort to bring the child on a non-standard day and to exchange a private lesson for this group one, since plainly the child left it very happy.

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