This time of year, we always hold a Halloween group lesson in my studio. It’s a great time to get together, for new students to meet returning students, & inject a change in our routine right about when students need a change in scenery.
Why have group lesson?
It didn’t take very long to realize that attempting lessons on Halloween was going to be an exercise in futility.
- Travel time was much longer as I attempted to navigate the costumed-children-filled-streets.
- Students just wanted to go trick or treating.
- Even if they didn’t, the door bell kept ringing which was a distraction in & of itself.
- Attempting to reschedule lessons that fell on Halloween meant I was giving up my personal time.
And, if you have a studio where your students come to you … keep in mind these all apply to your studio as well.
What’s the plan?
In my studio, we have been working on actively listening as we play & warming up with rhythms. So, it only made sense to include these activities in our group lesson.
If you haven’t had a chance to plan your group lesson … I’ve got you covered!
My group lessons are 90 minutes long. Enough time to do a variety of activities & long enough for parents to relax with a cup of coffee!
Halloween or Autumn themed theory worksheets
My students always start with theory worksheets for group lesson. It ensures I can greet parents & students while everyone has a task to focus on.
Theory worksheets can be found in a wide variety of places but I tend to get my themed worksheets from TeachersPayTeachers.
Student performances with peer feedback
Having students perform for each other covers a lot of skills!
- Practicing effectively
- Performance etiquette
- Active listening
- Positive peer feedback
Because I have students that get nervous performing, their teacher (me) gets a song ready as well. Being an example to students goes a long way in helping them get over any anxiety.
Group lessons should always have a mix of activities. This time students will be dancing to music & when the music stops … freeze in a particular dance move. Not only do we get to listen to Halloween or Autumn playlists (depending on how students’ families feel about Halloween), but we get to burn off a little energy in a fun way!
Spot the Difference
How many students actively listen while they play? Not as many as we would hope.
For this activity, grab several sight-reading books or easy level books. Play a piece twice with one (or more) thing changed the second time.
Students work together or write down the change on a piece of paper. Points are awarded for each change discovered!
Students will line up & get ready to listen like they’ve never listened before! I’ve written out Autumn & Halloween rhythmic sentences for students to pass on.
One point if the words are write. FIVE points if it retains the rhythm.
If you would like a copy of these to use in your studio, click below.
Students need nutritious snacks which is why we always end with snack time. A fruit platter does the trick. With either a Halloween or Autumn playlist playing in the background, students have a chance to settle down before their parents arrive.
(Plus, parents are always really impressed when they leave to their kids focused & arrive to calm kids that are eager to share what they’ve done.)
Group Lesson Ideas
If you would like more group lesson ideas, check out:
- Another Halloween group lesson
- Christmas group lesson
- Rockin’ Christmas group party
- Music history
- Group lesson for outside
What will your studio be doing this next week? Share below!