PianoEasy lessons are delivered to a small class of students rather than one-on-one because there are lots of benefits to learning piano, or anything for that matter, in a group.
Some of the benefits found in research by Felder and Brent (North Carolina State University, 1994) included:
- Higher academic achievement
- Greater persistence
- Better high-level reasoning and critical thinking skills
- Deeper understanding of learned material
- Lower levels of anxiety and stress
- Greater intrinsic motivation to learn and achieve
- Greater ability to view situations from others' perspectives
- More positive and supportive relationships with peers
- More positive attitudes toward subject areas
- Higher self-esteem
When students teach and encourage each other, it helps them remember what they've learned and enjoy the process of learning more because it's a social process. With piano it's particularly useful because everyone has a different way of remembering what to play, a different style, and different ideas for composing and improvising. This means that when you learn with PianoEasy you develop a unique style that's influenced by everyone you're learning with, whereas if you learned one-on-one you'd develop a very similar style to your teacher.
The other reason it's important to learn piano in a group setting is because it's meant to be played in a group setting! Music is something to be shared, so there's no point learning it alone if it's not meant to be played alone. Learning in a group means that from the very beginning you're accustomed to playing in front of people, which makes it easier to perform in front of a crowd later on, and you can enjoy making music and singing along with your friends and family.