Strategizing, Teaching, Empowering: The Many Hats of a Group Piano Teacher

September 10, 2020  By Richard Rejino

Regardless of whether you teach in pairs, groups, or in the private setting, our trio of accomplished and experienced teachers discuss their pedagogical approaches to fundamental pianistic principles, sequencing, pacing, and planning for students of all ages and levels. In this session, you will learn how these teachers navigate the challenges of working with students of all levels and how the current challenge of teaching in the age of COVID-19 has inspired a more creative approach to teaching piano in a group setting.

About our presenters:

Rebecca C. Bellelo, NCTM, PhD, teaches applied piano and RMM classes to students of all ages in her multi-teacher studio, Piano Pathways, located in Baton Rouge, LA. She has presented research regionally and nationally and serves in state and local MTAs.

Emily Book McGree, DMA: Emily is currently on faculty at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, CO, where she runs the Piano Pedagogy and Piano Preparatory programs. She also maintains an active studio of RMM and “traditional” students through Lafayette Piano Academy, her private studio in Lafayette, CO.

Nan Baker Richerson, NCTM, PhD, teaches group and applied piano at Salisbury University in Maryland. She also teaches adult RMM group classes and has presented on RMM programs and group teaching strategies at MTNA and NCKP national conferences.

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