Logistics

How much of the lesson do you spend passing last week’s pieces and working on this week’s pieces? What do you do if they have basically mastered what you were planning to assign?

Group lessons are about unlocking possibilities for the students. The value for you is that you can be flexible in how much time you spend passing and working on pieces for each student. You don’t have to worry about keeping anyone on a certain pace. You only have to worry about if they’re moving through …

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How much do you write in their assignment books? Detailed instructions or just the name of the piece?

Anything I write in the assignment books is mostly for me and the parent, not the actual student. More likely than not, the student is not reviewing any practice instructions or comments I write down. Think of assignment books as a space to keep track of attendance and speed, or to show parents their kid’s …

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How do I handle older kids & younger kids being in the same group & make sure the older kids don’t feel they’re in a remedial program?

Older students only belong with other older, advanced students if they’re capable. If you have an older student who would like to be with their peers but isn’t showing the capability, it’s not on you to fix your program policies. Put the responsibility back on the parent or student to ensure he/she earns their advanced …

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How do I manage the behavior of transfer kids in the group environment?

Kids’ personalities and habits from their upbringing will naturally come out in lessons. It might not be the best use of your energy to try to manage those behaviors unless they’re disrupting other students. If you’re concerned about a student who is not necessarily disruptive, but seems unengaged, check in with the parent to hear …

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How do I handle transitions to group when things don’t click for the student, they move slowly, and they tend to be more insecure/needy?

Some kids will thrive in group lessons right away. For others, you’ll see their progress slow down when they transition from individual lessons to group lessons. More often than not, it’s because of the change in independence level. They’re used to the attention and get a little lost when given a sense of independence in …

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