By Dr. Julie Knerr

I have received emails through the last six years from all over the world of people also interested in teaching piano to children in groups because of a video podcast my friend Dr. Mario Ajero posted on his website about Piano Pedagogy. The video is below. I had no idea what a podcast was when we did this video, but it is amazing how many emails I have received from people about this video. I have long wanted to upload some other group piano videos, as the children in this video are all in high school now!!

Here is are two other Group Class Videos

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by Dr. Julie Knerr

One of my interests is in teaching piano to children in groups. Over the years, Katie Fisher and I have used many formats.
– Katie has taught small groups of 4-6 children in a one hour class format with part of the time as a group doing musicianship activities and previewing pieces and the rest of the time as a partner lesson (with pedagogy students teaching) to work on pieces. I am currently teaching a class of this type too.
– Katie has also taught partner lessons for years, which makes for great duo piano partners!
– I taught a class where the children came once a week for a 45 minute group musicianship class (with pedagogy students observing, helping, and eventually teaching in pairs), and they came another time …

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By Dr. Julie Knerr

This has been an exciting month in Piano Safari world. Katherine Fisher lives in Athens, Ohio, and teaches at the Athens Community Music School. Her husband, Dr. Christopher Fisher, teaches at Ohio University, which is how the Fishers ended up in Athens.

I (Julie Knerr) lived in Oklahoma up until a month ago (and was in Kenya in July on a missions trip! How’s that for traveling a lot?). But because we really want to spend this school year focusing on developing Piano Safari, I moved to Athens, Ohio. I will also be teaching through ACMS, and am really having a great time living in this beautiful town, getting to know the local coffee shops, and giving long piano lessons to the Fisher’s very bright 4 year old …

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By Dr. Julie Knerr

Welcome! We are so happy you have found our blog! Piano Safari® is a piano method for beginning piano students written by Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr. Our website is pianosafari.com, and we also have a Piano Safari FaceBook page and a Teachers Facebook Group called Teaching Piano Safari.
On this blog, we will post “in the trenches” information on the development of
Piano Safari development, thoughts on topics in Piano Pedagogy, student anecdotes that we hope will be helpful to teachers, and anything else we can think of to help all teachers in this quest to be the best piano teachers we can be.

We welcome comments!

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