Changing to Group Piano Teaching
By R. Adams
How Did I Get Started in Group Piano Teaching?
I jumped in! I could see that I was not keeping pace with technology. I was fascinated with the new world of electronic digital pianos. I observed how much children enjoyed working on computers and playing computer games. And I wanted to find a new approach to piano that would stimulated and excite piano students the same way.
In addition I was tired of hearing, "Mrs. Adams, I didn't practice" as the first words out of my private student's mouths each week. After attending a spring seminar taught by Mayron, I knew group classes were the answer for me. I converted my whole studio to classes that fall. It took most of my summer making preparations, purchasing pianos, etc. Because this was my first time teaching piano classes, it was very scary.
How Many Private Students Did I teach?
How Many Students Do I Teach Now after Eight Years?
I have well over 100 students enrolled for fall of this year. I'm glad I can give more children the opportunity to learn to play. Being able to teach a lot more children also helps with college tuition for my own children!
What Do Parents Think of Group Piano?
My "love" mail speaks for itself! I have scrapbooks and albums filled with cards and letters from parents. I also have albums filled with pictures enthusiastic students have made, songs they've written, cards they've created with a music theme, etc. If anyone calls wanting references, I invite them over to see my parent and student reviews!
What Do I Like Best About Mayron's Piano Method?
Is It Easy to Be a Group Piano Teacher?
Group teaching takes time, and a lot of it--like double my actual teaching time. It is a lot more work than private lessons ever were. I wouldn't suggest making the transition from private to group unless you're willing to work. For every 45 minute class I teach in the afternoon, I can plan at least that much lesson preparation time in the morning. Group teaching is a full time job!