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TC261: Managing Individual Learning in Group Lessons with Melanie Bowes

By Tim Topham | Podcast

Oct 01 2021

In this episode, Nicola Cantan takes over the podcast to introduce us to Melanie Bowes and the wonderful world of group teaching.

Melanie has such an interesting perspective on group teaching. If you are absolutely sure that you never want to do group teaching, we encourage you to listen anyway. There’s definitely something here for everyone including just understanding how to differentiate things for different levels of students, teaching online, and so much more.

  • Common myths and misconceptions about group teaching.
  • Things teachers need to invest in for group teaching.
  • Options for teaching spaces for groups.
  • The differences of private versus group teaching.
  • Mistakes teachers can make when starting to teach groups.
  • The importance of headphones in classes.
  • Dealing with students who are behind or ahead.
  • General progress of students who attend group lessons.
  • Melanie shares more about the KeyNotes Program.

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Today’s Guest

Melanie Bowes is the founder of KeyNotes Music, a group piano program which focuses on collaborative group learning in the foundation stages of piano. Having taught for many years as a school music teacher, plus her extensive post-graduate qualifications in music education, Melanie has brought together all her experience and knowledge to support teachers in delivering innovative and progressive group classes. Her work in curriculum design and research into how children learn in the wider sense have led to the creation of KeyNotes Music which uses a cyclical curriculum structure and differentiated learning to ensure maximum impact on learning and the management of individual learners within group classes.

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About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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