Students who have the benefit of a private music teacher receive the teacher’s full attention for their entire lesson and will benefit from lessons that have been planned and tailored to the student’s own specific needs and learning style.
Group music classes simply can not offer that type of attention or focus. With group music classes the teacher has to balance the needs of many students with various levels of ability, with various learning styles, and with different ages. Different age groups learn and function socially in very different ways, it is rarely possible to have such a similar group of students that they all have the same needs and learning style. Therefore, the teacher must make compromises to each students’ progress to maintain the cohesiveness of the music classes. For example, what if one student is struggling with a concept that the rest of the class finds easy? Either all of the other students wait while the teacher addresses the one struggling student, or the teacher must go on with the remainder of the class, leaving the struggling student behind – neither is a good solution for all of the students.
There are many other problems with group music classes. What does a student do when he or she has to miss a class for sickness or an emergency? Usually, the student must catch up on their own without their teacher, because the rest of the class has already moved on. In short, group classes are not anywhere near as effective as private instruction. Even worse, students who have taken group classes often form many bad habits and are really struggling with the guitar without knowing how easy it can actually be because of that lack of individualized instruction.
These are just some things to think about as you are signing up for our spring classes here at OSMD!