Private Lessons vs. Group Lessons: Which Is Right for My Child?

Now that you’ve purchased or rented you child’s chose musical instrument, it’s time to decide what kind of music lesson experience is right for them. If you aren’t sure which option is the right fit, you aren’t alone. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, but once you evaluate your child’s experience level, learning style, and personality, the decision should become much clearer. Let’s review these types of lesson experiences so you can make a better-informed decision for your child.

Group Lessons

Online group lessons are engaging, interactive and sized to offer both group instruction as well as some individual focus. Music is a critical part of a well-rounded education and group classes are a fantastic way to supplement their current studies. Whether they are distance learning, homeschooling, or perhaps you’re an educator yourself, there are customization options to build your ideal experience. There are plenty of advantages to a structured group lesson program. In many cases, students in group lessons will observe each other’s progress and mistakes, learning together and providing encouragement along the way.  Additionally, students who learn to play comfortably in front of their peers will have an easier time managing their nerves during a recital or performance. If your child is working on building self-confidence in other areas of their life, connecting with other musicians in a group setting may help. Each course includes music theory, technique and performance to ensure a well balanced group lesson experience. If you’re not sure they’re ready for a private lesson experience, this can be a great place to start.

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Private Lessons

Students who decide to take one-on-one, online or in-person, lessons will receive the teacher’s full attention for the entirety of their lesson. Additionally, private lessons will be planned and tailored to the unique needs and learning style of your child.  If you think the structured lesson plans of group lessons won’t work for your child, private lessons will allow them to work at their own pace. If your child tends to learn at a slower pace or requires after-school tutoring, private lessons may likely be the best choice for them. Your child’s instructor will be able to focus on improving their individual technique and playing style. This lesson experience often requires a bit more of an investment, but if your child is becoming more serious about music, it might be time to invest in a more tailored experience. Worried about them missing out on the “community aspect” of group lessons? Most private lesson studios offer monthly jam sessions and recitals where students can meet each other and hang out.

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Which is Right for My Child?

As you can probably tell, there is no right or wrong answer. Our expertly trained, background-checked instructors are ready to teach your child how to play an instrument in the format that works best for them.  If your child thrives in social environments, group lessons may be the right choice. If your child typically requires one-on-one attention, private lessons may be better. Lessons can be stopped at any time, if you still aren’t sure, try it out!  You can always switch to the other format later on.

For more information about all lessons offered through Music & Arts, check out our Lessons Page.

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  1. Education is very important for children whether they learn in a group or private environment. My children find group lessons more attractive as these lessons are more engaging so children can learn with fun. I am an advisor and collect information, reviews regarding online casinos and you can easily find a fantastic read about online casinos on the internet. when I find my work boring I try to help my children with their studies and we really enjoy our time together.

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