Parents often wonder if they should start their child with private lessons or group lessons at our studio. The answer could never be one or the other as no child learns the same or has the same personality. If you have a child who is about to begin or continue their musical journey it is important to take into consideration many factors including but not limited to age and maturity, previous experience and budget. Group classes are a great way to get your little musician introduced to lessons. Here at Omaha School of Music and Dance we offer group classes for children anywhere from 4 to 10 years of age in every instrument as well as our Music FunTime program for children 18 moths to 7 years old. Younger Children enjoy learning in games and with their peers, and a well-run group lesson includes plenty of musical fun as well as fundamentals. Typically a group lesson will cost less than a private lesson so if budget is a concern group lessons are a wonderful option. Children learn to perform in front of their peers right from the beginning help to alleviate stage fright and shyness. They can also be ideal for teaching musical concepts such as rhythm and counting. Marching around the room to a beat, dancing, and clapping are all more fun for children in groups, and these activities teach fundamental skills that will set the stage for a student’s later learning. The low-key approach of group lessons may be appropriate for younger children who don’t yet have the dexterity to develop finer instrumental skills.
Private lessons are great for every musician at every age! You or your child will experience unmatchable individual attention. Private lessons focus on the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Learning an instrument is a multi-sensory, complex activity requiring the use hearing, sight, touch, and intellectual understanding. Each student combines these elements differently. Appropriate pace is a huge benefit for students. Private lessons go at the student’s specific learning pace, stopping whenever necessary to review concepts, repeat material, or explore a topic the student shows a particular interest in. For more advanced students, private attention is needed to work on issues such as fingering, as well as points of expression and interpretation. Issues such as technique and hand position are also better dealt with privately so the instructor can show the student the exact exercises needed to benefit their personal style. Progress is almost always faster in a private lesson than in a group lesson, depending on the student of course. While the advantages of a group class often fall apart under the weight of an unruly or mismatched group, private lessons can follow a tailor made plan developed for each student, without being derailed by the needs of the group.