Music for Young Children (MYC) strives to provide the best in music education for your child. That is why we offer group music lessons.
Group lessons are more fun! Children love interacting with children and a group music class is the perfect place for this to happen. In a private lesson, the only person a child interacts with is the adult teacher.
Group lessons provide more value for the parent’s money. Group classes are one hour in length (roughly 4 hours per month) and private lessons are half an hour in length (roughly 2 hours per month). The longer instructional time allows your child to learn more and more quickly.
Group classes provide instruction and skill development in a wider range of musical areas. Private lessons tend to be spent on the piano bench, looking at a piano book. In each group class, singing, keyboard playing, expressive movement, gross motor rhythmic skills and fine motor rhythmic skills are practiced, theory concept games are enjoyed and much more.
Group lessons are less expensive. One hour-long group class costs roughly $23.00. One half-hour long private lesson costs roughly $25.00.
Group classes are a 2 for 1 deal! They allow parents to be involved in the class and learn right alongside their child. Parents play musical games, duets with their child, gain keyboard and voice skills right along with their child.
Group classes that involve parents provide wonderful bonding experiences for parent and child. Parents can truly understand and appreciate what the child has accomplished and what they struggle with in order to better acknowledge success and help with difficult skills.
Group classes grow more confident performers. In a group class, every lesson is a mini performance where the child plays in front of peers and adults. This constant exposure to performance eases the transition to performing at recitals and in front of larger audiences. In addition, MYC systematically rewards students for taking initiative in playing in front of acquaintances. Every time a child does so, he/she records the performance and receives special stickers and recognition. So when it is time to play in a recital, students have already had plenty of performance experience.
Group classes provide a wider range of learning methods. The group setting allows the teacher to incorporate a wide range of musical experiences within every one-hour class. Games, rhythm ensembles, singing, musical movement activities, guided play, performance, and many more. So children with different learning styles can easily learn concepts.
Group classes give the benefits of ensemble playing. One of the most important skills a young musician must learn is a steady beat. Ensemble playing develops a stronger sense of rhythm and other skills required for group playing later in a student’s musical life.
Group classes build strong technique. Sometimes people fear that in a group setting, a child will not get proper individual attention on technique. However, group classes allow students to hear and learn from the mistakes of their peers instead of being exposed to only their own specific mistakes.
So it is no wonder Music for Young Children believes group music classes are your child’s best learning modality. We at MYC strive to provide the best in music education for your student and for you.
Ms. Elizabeth Dettweiler
Teacher of Music for Young Children