Scared of a 'Group' of Young Beginners? Try Piano Partners!

Dr Mary Louise Wilson
Pedagogy Track
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Group keyboard classes can offer many benefits for young children--from problem-solving to building aural skills; from goal setting to playing by ear and note-reading. The peer-group setting can create an ideal music learning environment for children. But teaching group keyboard classes can be intimidating for traditional piano teachers who generally teach one-on-one lessons. This session will introduce the concept of 'partner lessons' which can offer the same benefits as group keyboard classes but be taught to two young children in a small studio setting with one piano.


Mary Louise Wilson, a sought-after clinician in the area of early childhood music, is frequently invited to speak at conferences, including MTNA, ECMMA, NAFME, NAEYC, Montessori, and Orff. She is a Bright From the Start certified teacher-trainer for the state of Georgia, the early childhood chair of NCKP, and served on the Board of Directors for ECMMA for 6 years.

Dr. Wilson received the BM and MME degrees from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in Music Education from LSU. She works with the Atlanta Symphony's 'Music for the Very Young' concert series and taught at the University of Miami (FL) for 19 years.

A teacher/educator for Musikgarten since 1994, Mary Louise conducts teacher-training workshops throughout the US and in Canada, England, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, and Malaysia. She is a co-author of Music Makers: At the Keyboard series.