Posted on September 29, 2023
As a music teacher with experience in both classroom and private lesson settings, I once firmly believed that group lessons were less effective, particularly for mastering an instrument. However, over the years, my perspective has evolved, and I've grown to deeply appreciate the distinctive advantages and opportunities that group music lessons offer to students at every skill level.
Furthermore, I’ve come to recognize that merging private and group lessons can be a powerful and well-rounded approach to music education, offering students the best of both worlds. Here's how:
Private lessons are tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. The one-on-one attention allows for focused instruction and detailed feedback. Within this context, students work on intricate techniques such as fingerings, bowing, and specific vocal exercises. The student can also choose their own repertoire, progress at their pace, and prepare for auditions, competitions, or special performances.
However, who's to say that these advantages can't also be enjoyed within a group setting? Yes, you won’t get the full time dedicated to you, but in our group lessons at Daytona Beach Music Academy (DBMA), you get all of this PLUS collaborative learning.
Group lessons are perfect for playing or singing alongside peers who share the same musical interests. It’s the social aspect of music education. On top of learning, you’re bonding, sharing experiences, and learning from each other while sharing successes and challenges. Group lessons allow students to listen, adapt, and work as a team. This is particularly valuable for aspiring musicians who want to participate in bands, orchestras, or choirs. Here at DBMA, we aim to cultivate this shared enthusiasm for music within our schools and throughout our community.
Another reason for introducing group lessons stems from a common concern we've heard from our students: stage fright at recitals. In fact, we've had students drop out on the very day of the event due to anxiety. With the inclusion of group lessons, we've addressed this issue. Performing within a group is often less intimidating than going solo. This allows our students to still showcase their talents, build confidence, and gain stage experience within a supportive setting.
Both private and group lessons can reinforce each other. Progress made in private lessons can be showcased in group settings, motivating students to practice diligently. Conversely, group lessons can inspire students to work on specific skills in their private lessons.
At DBMA, we're excited to offer both private and group music lessons to cater to your unique learning preferences. Our introductory classes are perfect for beginners in piano, guitar, and voice, including young children. These group sessions are intentionally kept small, with no more than 6 students at a time. This allows us to provide personalized attention while fostering a supportive group learning environment.
As a member of DBMA, you'll enjoy the added benefit of studying an additional instrument at a fraction of the cost. Plus, we've introduced workshops throughout the year, from September to August, where you can dive even deeper into the world of music. These workshops offer opportunities for solo performances and collaborative experiences, enriching your musical journey.
Ready to embark on your musical adventure with DBMA? Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover the joy of music through our private and group lessons. Book a preview class today and experience the magic of music education with our dedicated instructors. Whether you're a beginner or looking to expand your musical horizons, we're here to guide you every step of the way. Join us at DBMA, where we discover gifts, unleash creativity, and build confidence through music lessons and experiences.
-Brejoya Smarr, Founder & Director of Daytona Beach Music Academy