Recently I'm seeing more and more piano teachers moving to teaching beginning students in classes rather than private lessons. I was intrigued by the idea, so I did some research. There is a lot of evidence to support the idea that students actually progress faster in a group setting. Students learn by watching and hearing each other and are more motivated to practice, possibly spurred on by a little friendly competition. Students actually get more instruction time along with some individual practice time during class. Plus there is a social aspect that is missing from private lessons.
So, I've jumped on the bandwagon and have begun teaching some beginning piano classes. I have found that the research was true. Students are progressing quickly. They are excited about the classes and piano. In a one hour class we are able to cover more material, more thoroughly, than in a 30 minute private lesson. The short amount of individual practice time during class is having a huge impact on their understanding and retention of the music. I don't have to repeat things as many times in class as I do for private students. In addition to learning the same material as private students, class students are able to play theory games and ensemble music together.
I'm now completely sold on the piano class model. I am currently enrolling classes. If you would like more information on my program, please contact me and schedule a free introductory lesson.