The Differences between Group and Private Music Lessons

Music courses are widely available in Singapore, and music schools on the island offer instruction from experienced professionals so that students may learn a variety of instruments and musical styles. As a parent, you want what is best for your child, and you want them to succeed in their goal to learn an instrument. Two of the most common styles of teaching music that expat families prefer are private lessons and group lessons. But how do you know which one is best for your child? Explore the benefits of these options at Ossia Music School today!

What are group lessons?

Group lessons provide students with the opportunity to play with other musicians while receiving constructive criticism as an individual and as a group. When musicians play in an organised group?referred to as the ensemble?and the ensemble has a director who leads the student performers. Children who study music through group lessons develop a sense of community and friendship with the other players in their ensemble. By building a sense of kinship and a feeling that they belong to a group, younger students that take this type of lesson tend to progress quickly, and it also provides them with a support network when dealing with some of life?s challenges. Group lessons are not for beginner students that are still learning to read music and play the notes in a song, but once they have established some fundamentals, group lessons can revitalise a student?s joy for playing.

Group lessons are typically offered as weekly or monthly studio events and are a great way for students to engage with their peers. When students participate in these group performances, they are more driven to not only play the right notes, but they will have to critically think in order to react to the other sounds in the ensemble. As students play with other musicians, they learn to work as a team to achieve a high-quality performance.

How are private lessons different?

Private lessons provide students with one-on-one instruction on their primary instrument and are the only students present in the learning environment. Because students are receiving individualised attention, private lessons are organised to meet the young musician?s personal goals and are taught at a unique pace. Unlike group lessons, private lessons are more flexible if something comes up in the last minute, and the student has to reschedule. You won?t be charged for rescheduling a private lesson if it is appropriately done in advance, but group lessons may not be refundable.

The relationship between the student and the teacher can be inspiring as the student begins to develop respect for the instructor. When students want to make the teacher happy, they are more likely to take their practice at home seriously. Practice is important for young musicians to develop the skills they need to become talented on their instrument. Educators may have to adjust group lessons to focus on a weaker musician in the ensemble, but private lessons are designed to maximise your student?s individual learning. If your child is new to the instrument or is looking to learn at a quicker pace, private lessons may be the best option for their development.

Children should learn to play music

Music is a language that transcends cultural differences and is celebrated in every country in the world. As children learn about other instruments, they discover a new world that is focused on the unique sounds of life. Many cultures use the same instruments in different ways, and it helps children reinforce the idea that humanity shares many commonalities. Exposing children to different ways of life through music is a great way to foster an open-minded attitude to different cultures and attitudes around the world.

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