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Halloween Group Lesson Week

Halloween group lesson ideas for your studio!

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.

Dance Off!

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!

Rhythm Telephone

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.

Click here for your FREE Halloween & Autumn Telephone Rhythms!

Snack Time

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.)

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What will your studio be doing this next week?  Share below!

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