Ensemble work is an easy and natural part of most music students’ journeys. Young violinists end up in school orchestras, guitarists start bands, and singers join choirs. Unfortunately, those opportunities don’t always exist for budding pianists. So it’s vital that we include ensemble work as part of our lessons.
Play duets with all your students right from the start so they get used to playing with others and keeping in time.
Get a few of your students together for duets and trios when you can by overlapping their lessons or arranging for them to meet up outside the studio.
Facilitate bigger ensembles and group improvisation sessions by adding workshops to your studio.
If all that sounds overwhelming right now, start with the duets and work your way up when you’re ready.
Get together with a musical friend for a duet session or try a duet with one of your students. Make some notes about the experience in your Music Journey Journal and then ask a question about this lesson in the community.