Weekly in-home group lessons for ages 3 - 5 that provide the balance
needed between learning and fun for those who are interested in
music and/or the piano, but are not quite ready for a seated 30-minute lesson
Piano Playdates FAQs
What are Piano Playdates and how are they formed?
Piano Playdates with Miss Rachel are short-term small group lessons for ages 3-5 before they transition into individual private lessons. They are weekly group classes like gymnastics or swim lessons... but the subject is piano and the place is your home!
Piano Playdates are perfect for close-in-age siblings or home daycares. They can also be formed by partnering with nearby friends ~ you just need to decide who will open their home for the lessons (host home). Parents are not required to sit in on lessons.
Will my child(ren) actually learn to play the piano, or is this a general music class?
Progress will depend on age and fine motor development, but all students in group piano lessons will learn to play the piano! Even those as young as three, though they will be guided at a pace that is especially gentle on their developing finger muscles.
How large is a Playdates group and what ages should I invite?
For an ongoing class, the minimum is two children and maximum is four, though the free trial class may be larger.
There is no commitment to participate in the trial lesson, so invite as many as you would like! Get the word out at your preschool, daycare, moms group, church, neighborhood – you name it – that you are looking for Piano Playdates friends.
I offer classes for two age ranges: ages 3-4 and ages 4-5.
What is a host home?
A host home is the location where weekly lessons are held.
A host home should be able to provide...
a piano (or keyboard or digital piano)
an open area near the piano for music and movement activities
and, if you choose to have an adult/sibling “playdate” at the same time, a separate area for the parents/caregivers to spend the lesson time without distracting from the lesson.
How long do Playdates lessons last?
Playdate groups will meet weekly for 30 minutes and follow the private lesson calendar.
Each curriculum takes approximately 2 years to complete. Students may stay in Playdates for that whole time, or graduate to a traditional private lesson format at teacher/parent discretion or need.
What are the Piano Playdates curriculums?
PIANO MADE FUN FOR THE YOUNG: Piano Made Fun is specifically designed for group lessons, and has two components: Rug (or Carpet) Time and Piano Time. At Carpet Time, students will learn short songs to teach and reinforce the concepts they will play at the keyboard during Piano Time.
MUSIC FOR LITTLE MOZARTS and WUNDERKEYS: Two cute programs that each follow the adventures of animal friends to teach musical concepts and piano pieces. These curriculums are adapted for the group lesson format.
Curriculum is chosen at the teacher's discretion based on age and group diversity.
What materials are required?
Each student needs their own bookbag, set of crayons, and music book(s).
What is the cost investment for participating in a Playdates group?
Tuition is $12.50 per student for each lesson, paid monthly. Each parent/guardian is responsible for payments for their child, and should be paid directly to me, rather than going through the host home. For a group of 3, there is a 5% discount. For a group of 4, there is a 10% discount.
There is no registration fee, but a materials fee is due at registration. Cost varies depending on the program used.
I'm ready to sign up! What is the next step?
To schedule your free trial lesson, contact me for current openings. Playdates are generally offered at the following times:
MORNINGS: TH - FRI - SAT between 9:30 and 11:30.
AFTERNOONS: TU - WED - TH - FRI between 1:30 and 3:30.
EVENINGS: TU - WED - TH between 6:00 and 7:30.
An information packet, which includes official registration information, will be handed out at the trial lesson.
Are group or private lessons better?
There a certain advantages to both, especially for preschoolers. Because they learn quickly yet need plenty of review and reinforcement over periods of time, group lessons are more task-oriented and concept-driven than private lessons. They provide the opportunity for review, theory activities, rhythm development, and learning piano skills in a relaxed yet engaging manner.
The benefit of private lessons is that they are tailored to your child's understanding and interest level. If your child is at least 4 years old and a more goal-oriented learner, private lessons may better fit their personality. There is of course also something special about establishing a camaraderie between student and teacher during private lessons.
Follow this link for a list of the benefits of group lessons.
What should I do if I don't have a piano or the extra space?
Ask a friend to be the host home! You may also choose to rotate between registered student's homes, providing I am able to work the travel time into my teaching schedule.
What should I do if I can't get a group together?
Feel free to contact me and ask if there are any groups currently forming in your area that would have space for your child. Or, consider private lessons!
What are your qualifications for teaching preschoolers?
Officially, I hold a CDA (Child Development Associate Credential) from the Council of Professional Recognition and had over 5 years experience teaching in a daycare and preschool with 3 and 4 year olds before returning to teach piano after some time away. All together I have over 10 years' experience as a piano teacher.
Unofficially, I love working with preschoolers, both one-on-one and in the small group setting! Their enthusiasm for life and learning is an inspiration and joy to me personally and professionally.
Didn't get your question answered?
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