Group Class Experiment with Collaborative Music

Normally I don’t post about group activities and games until after I’ve tried them, but I’m so excited about this one that I thought I’d go ahead and post it anyway. I’m hoping to use it at tomorrow’s group class, so I’ll try to let you know how it goes after the fact, too!

A while back I came across this page for a Beginner Guitar and Fiddle song that caught my attention. The song is the simple, but catchy, Boil ’em Cabbage Down. The couple of video clips on the page are great! Being able to play music in a group like this seems like so much fun and I really want my piano students to enjoy similar ensemble experiences. So I’ve printed out the sheet music, told all my students to bring their second instrument if they play one, gathered up the various keyboards in my studio, and decided that we’re going to try playing it together and see how it goes!

Have any of you tried anything like this? Any tips? Thoughts on what works well and what doesn’t?

Share and enjoy!

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