Why should my child take group lessons? Isn’t it better to get individual attention?
Younger children are fascinated by other children and, compared to older students, have shorter attention spans. Group music lessons—in which students can interact with other children, learn from watching them, move around frequently, regroup with their parents, and change activities more often—make good sense at younger ages.
Older children, however, are more able and more prepared to handle individual challenges. Improvements in their ability to read and to focus allow them to take on more ambitious musical pieces and make more sustained effort. That’s why, after our Foundation Program, our students move on to private piano instruction.
But even in The Piano Program, older students can benefit from occasional group lessons, partly to counter the solitude that is sometimes part of piano study. By meeting with their peers, students also learn that everyone faces a variation on the problem they’re facing. Just as getting together with their friends at lunch can help a teen or ’tween get through a school day that seems harder than usual, getting together regularly for Piano Class can help that same student get through the inevitable rough patch in music lessons.