3 Group Piano Lessons Myths Dispelled
We designed the Harmony Road Music Course for group lessons. Each class includes several students who are around the same age and level. Parents attend and learn with their children. We also have courses specifically for teens and adults.
We’ve found playing in small ensembles is the best way to learn. The interaction in group piano lessons creates an environment that is dynamic and productive. Kids learn when they’re having fun, and group lessons make it easy to play, sing and dance with friends.
Despite their growing popularity, misconceptions about the nature of group lessons remain. Most of these myths are variations on the idea that students learn piano best with one-on-one attention.
Myth: Group lessons don’t allow for individual instruction.
Teachers must attend to all students in group classes. Because of this, parents fear that their child might not get the attention they need. However, group piano classes provide ample opportunities for individual help.
Students can get help from either an instructor or a peer. Plus, often students, particularly toddlers, learn by observation. In group classes, students learn from other students. Interaction and play are powerful tools for learning, and group lessons provide these opportunities better than does private lessons.
Myth: Children learn at different speeds and group lessons move at one pace.
Learning styles and strengths vary. Some kids may have a gift for melody, while others excel at sight reading. These variations in learning and talent give group lessons depth.
Groups are made of individuals, each bringing something different to the lesson. Students learn to value the contributions of their peers and take pride when they help a classmate overcome an obstacle.
Being in a group can energize students, sparking creativity and healthy competition. Whether a student is shy or bold, a quick study or a meticulous learner, they benefit from collaborating with others. The group encourages friendships that can last a lifetime
Myth: Group lessons are only for beginners.
Many people have the idea that group piano lessons are OK for beginners, but once a student gets to a certain level, they need private instruction. At every level from beginner to advanced, there is strength in numbers.
As student advance, they listen for strengths in their classmates’ performance as well as any problems with a particular aspect of playing. This opportunity to perform for each other and build awareness where performance can be improved is very helpful as students prepare for later festival and adjudicated events.
We all learn by watching, listening and participating. Students tend to have a keen interest in seeing what other students are doing. As a student gains in experience and skill, they continue to learn from peers. They learn from how others approach challenges and enjoy the fun of a shared enthusiasm.