SOCIABLE. PLAYABLE. DRINKABLE.
ADULT PIANO COURSES IN A GROUP SETTING
Imagine getting off work at the office and, instead of slogging through rush hour traffic, stepping into the next room over, grabbing a mug of beer, and learning to play the piano with your friends and coworkers.
From the members of the Beerthoven Concert Series comes this innovative take on music learning--Beerthoven Kraft!!! As before, Beerthoven continues to center itself on quality, accessibility, approachability, and sociability--helped along by a mug or two of beer--but this time YOU are the musician!
WHAT IS GROUP PIANO?
Group piano lessons are the perfect platform to learn music in a fun and engaging atmosphere. In addition to teaching how to play the piano, these creative courses focus on a variety of musical skills including music theory, reading musical notation, and active listening. A variety of genres of music will be explored including classical, pop, and jazz with all course content relating to inspiring music. And as much as the focus will be on just plain-ole-fun, research has shown numerous benefits of learning music at all ages as you can see in the following "benefits" section. The group setting enhances the learning experience by adding a rewarding and beneficial social component, so you can also plan on making many new friends! The setup includes fully-weighted, 88-key keyboards digital for each student, speakers for listening to/playing along with music, and a projector to explore watch performances and look at many different types of online content.
BENEFITS OF GROUP PIANO
Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of learning music and many have specifically outlined further benefits when studied in a group setting. These benefits include improved cognitive function, physical and emotional well-being, enhanced creativity, social interaction/teamwork and... most importantly, FUN!!!
Joshua Straub, co-founder of Beerthoven Kraft, recently cowrote a paper with cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Kirsten Smayda and music educator Ruby Chou detailing many of the benefits of learning piano in a group group setting. This paper was a result of a ten-week group piano class for older adults aiming to scientifically test the ability for music to impact the brain and is awaiting publication. Dr. Smayda's and doctoral candidate Ruby Chou's upcoming dissertations will also explore these benefits and will be made available for reading upon publication.
BRING BEERTHOVEN KRAFT TO YOUR OFFICE OR COMMUNITY SPACE
The benefits of group piano combined with the mobility of the Beerthoven model make it the ideal project for improving creativity and comradery within your business. Weekly, hour-long group lessons are a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons--and with Kraft, the beer is free!
By providing subsidies or by offering multiple classes per location, costs per student can be reduced even further, making this a truly accessible way of learning music. The flexibility of the Beerthoven Kraft model allows classes to be set up virtually anywhere--an office, community space, retirement center... maybe even a brewery!