If your child plays soccer, they probably go to practice 3-5x a week. Similarly, if s/he plays an instrument in the school orchestra or sings in choir they might practice together one period each day. All too often it seems, young pianist have less opportunities to collaborate with others. Yet, there are many valuable skills pianists learn in groups that cannot be taught one-on-one like ensemble playing, teamwork and the value of sharing music with others (performance). Moreover, group classes provide an opportunity to build confidence and great friendships.
My first year of teaching I organized a group with all of my students (it was a small number at that time) where we played games, performed songs and then socialized over snacks. The class was a ton of fun and the motivation level of my students in the following weeks was MONUMENTAL. From that point on I decided to make group class a core part of my curriculum. I have watched shy students come out of their shell and overcome performance anxiety. Other students who struggled with rhythm make significant improvement from playing the duets and quartets with their peers. The group classes actually make my job easier. I have more time to teach students about music history, performance, etc. AND, the monthly group class motivates the students to keep practicing. It is the perfect incentive!
Every child deserves the opportunity to grow and share their music with others.