Group piano lessons are one of my favourite ways to teach beginners. I run group classes for beginner students from ages 5 – 10, with a maximum of 4 students in each class.
Here are some of the benefits of group piano lessons.
• Singing. It’s much easier to sing with kids in a group. Singing is the best way to internalise and understand music. Once a child can sing a song it is much easier to transfer it to any instrument.
• Social. Piano can be an isolating instrument at times. In groups, kids make new friends or explore music with existing friends. Duets are common place in a group music class.
• Group morale. Learning piano with a grown up can get a bit daunting at times, especially for very young learners. In a small group, children support each other’s progress as they watch each other learn. When in a small group of supportive peers, children feel less intimidated by new experiences. They express themselves through speech, physical movement and musical sounds that makes sense to kids. They are ready to tackle new musical challenges.
• Motivation. When kids learn together they motivate each other. Together they learn how to practice during the week at home and recognise the need to keep up with what’s going on in class each week.
• Games. Playing games are fun. They are also a great way to learn the fundamentals of music. Playing games with your peers is sometimes a bit more fun than playing with a grown up.
• Performance. Regularly performing for peers builds a child’s confidence and reaffirms their ability to progress through new repertoire.
• Cost. Group classes are cheaper than individual lessons and can sometimes make learning music affordable for families.
If you are interested to find out more about group learning or to find out if there is a place available in a group class for your child, get in contact.
Katrina Wilson O'Brien teaches piano, plays music and encourages frivolity.