Group lessons are available in all instruments depending on availability. A minimum of three students is required.
Why learn in a group?
Group lessons in music is an absolutely wonderful way to learn. As in our school life, learning is often done in groups. Unlike one on one lessons, a broader curriculum can be achieved which incorporates and relates the study of repertoire and technique to theory studies. The musicianship activities can often be based on games and children love this aspect of learning. A teacher with a good understanding of the group process plans interesting lessons and shows the students effective ways to practice. Students show each other “what works.”
A group teacher understands how to use the elements of competition in a healthy way, use peer interaction in positive ways and assist students in thoughtful criticism when they play for each other. A good group teacher learns how to be a facilitator–avoiding “teaching by telling.” A good group teacher never misses the opportunity to apply music theory learning to the repertoire being studied. Practicing technical studies (scales, etudes etc.) can be fun and stimulating. Ensemble playing is a natural in the group. This repertoire is as important as solo repertoire. Students learn to be sensitive to one another, balance parts, and offer ensemble works in recital situations. Students in group lessons are constantly playing for others. This helps overcome stage fright. The good group teacher establishes a healthy climate for learning and the teacher (and the students) solve musical problems together. Critical listening skills are developed by the students who listen to each other play and off suggestions for improvement.
Cost of lessons $24 for one hour class billed by the term. A monthly payment option is available.