CPTP103: A Chat with Mayron Cole, Pioneer of Group Teaching

By Tim Topham | Group Piano

Sep 08

When Mayron Cole started teaching piano in groups, no one was doing it. She made up her own activities, learnt as she went, and gradually created her own curriculum which is now used in piano studios all over the world.

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Mayron is here today to share her wisdom from 38 years of group teaching. From transfer students, to headphones, to studio policies – she has heaps of tips for you. Learn about the ins and outs of teaching in groups and make your studio a success by listening to this episode.

If you’re considering the switch to group teaching (or already teach in groups) then this is essential listening.

Transcript

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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • How Mayron got started with group piano teaching
  • Why she thinks group lessons are far superior to individual
  • How and why Mayron first set up her strict studio policies
  • Why transfer students are much harder than brand new students
  • How Mayron handles transfer students and finds their level
  • Why a digital piano can be better than an acoustic
  • The place of headphones in group lessons
  • How to organise groups by age and ability
  • The format and structure of Mayron’s group lessons

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Are you considering teaching in groups?

What top tip will you be implementing from Mayron’s advice? Is there anything you disagree with her about?

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About the Author

Best-known for his blogging and teaching, Tim is also a well-respected presenter, performer and accompanist based in Melbourne, Australia. You can check him out on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

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