Group Learning

 


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.

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