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Music Appreciation | Planets ‘Party’ Pack

Get your students excited about learning music appreciation and composition! A ‘Piano Party’ is a great way to run an engaging music group class, deepen their understanding and appreciation of music, give students some peer performance ‘concert practice’, and help them build friendships with other ‘music kids’!

This bundle includes all the resources you need to run a successful, educational and fun ‘Party-style’ group class, filled with music appreciation, inspiration and opportunity.

About this kit:

  • All the planning is done! The planning kit gives you the editable ‘Party’ invitations; the group teaching plan; a ‘running order’ to guide you on the day; and lots of other ideas and helpful suggestions to run your own successful ‘Piano Party’… (a.k.a. music group class!)
  • The ‘party’ planning kit includes a ‘click link’ to the ‘Journey to the Stars’ musical story telling session, by Marshall Cavendish – based on ‘The Planets’ by Gustav Holst. A great introduction to music appreciation! And we have also includes a ‘click link’ to a curated playlist of short, ‘music-positive’ and funny videos, to use at the beginning, while students settle in, and you wait for everyone to arrive.
  • The ‘Outer Space’ composition activity kit with several levels of composing activities: Beginner, Elementary, Early Intermediate, and Late Intermediate/Advancing to suit everyone. This composition kit gives you the companion extension activity which follows on after the music appreciation session.

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So, what is a ‘Piano Party’? The Piano Party idea is really just a sneaky ‘cover’ for a music group class. For studio teachers who mainly teach individual lessons, this is a cool way to get your students together, to cover more music appreciation, history & theory. It’s a great way to broaden their musical education…and help them make friends with other students who learn music too. And actually, it’s not just for piano – this idea is great for any music teaching group! (Try running it as a ‘Violin Party’, a ‘Choir Party’, a ‘Music Party’, or even a ‘Junior Orchestra Party… Just create a title to suit your situation!)

And why run a ‘Party-style’ group class? Well, firstly, students love the idea of a music ‘party’ so much more than the idea of a music class! Secondly, a group class is a great way to offer an additional lesson in the term, which students can use as a replacement for a lesson they have missed. (A time saver for teachers, compared to trying to give everyone individual catch-up lessons.) And thirdly, it’s also a really useful way to broaden your students music appreciation, and touch on music topics that you might not otherwise have time for in their instrumental/singing lessons.

Purchase Options Explained:

  1. ‘Journey to the Stars’ BIG Party Pack: This option give you BOTH the ‘Journey to the Stars’ Party Planner Kit, AND the ‘Outer Space’ Composition Kit – A complete kit for organising and running this music group class. Get ready to broaden students music appreciation!
  2. ‘Journey to the Stars’ Planner Kit only: For those who already have the ‘Outer Space’ Composition Kit. This option give you the party planning kit to structure a music appreciation class. Includes editable invitations, planning guide, teaching plan, and on-the-day running order.
  3.  Outer Space’ Composition Kit: This give you four levels of composition activities, from beginner to late intermediate/advancing levels. This ‘outer space’ themed composition kit teaches step by step composing in whole tone tonality.
  4. ADD on our ‘Recital Shakedown’ Party Game: Help students GET RID of those PESKY performance NERVES – Loosen things up with this fun, performance focused concert practice game! This game is a great extension resource to use with this party bundle – Use it during the concert practice segment at the end…and finish on a high note! (‘scuse the pun…) 

Want to help students minimise performance ‘nerves’? Check out this fun concert practice ‘game…great for both individual and group tuition!

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Extend your students ‘Journey to the Stars’… With Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’ Music Appreciation & Listening Kit!


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