Group Music Lessons

Group Music Lessons Are Here!

We have been offering private music lessons for many years, and along the way we have taught lessons to different combinations of students when requested: parent and child, siblings, and friends that want to learn together. Over the last year we have had more requests and interest in group lessons, so we have decided to make it an option on the menu!

Group lessons help students:

  • Gain confidence playing for others
  • Develop rhythmic security
  • More opportunities for supervised practice
  • Stimulates critical listening and provides immediate feedback as students hear others perform and comment on these performances
  • Allows students to broaden their musical experience.
  • Exposes students to a variety of styles of music and techniques.
  • Provides a friendly-competitive atmosphere and peer encouragement
  • Social environment
  • Facilitates the performance ensemble playing.
  • Encourages students to develop skills in problem-solving
  • Students get a better perspective on their progress and areas of strengths and areas of needed improvement.
  • Establishes a sense of community and group dynamics that increase motivation
  • An opportunity and platform for development of communication skills
  • Allows students to learn from peers as well as from the teacher
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Phineas & Atticus practicing ‘Under Pressure,’ by Queen.

With years of experience in public and private school classroom and group instruction, we are excited to offer group music lessons. If you are looking to have fun with your current friends, meet some new friends, or just mix up your music routine, group music lessons are the way to go! Here are some findings and thoughts regarding group music lessons:

“Humans have the need to belong, to be part of increasingly a group of individuals who share interests, and who come together for a common purpose. Such needs are as important to children and teens as they are to people in mid-life and to senior adults. In fact, it is being understood that this need for connection with others may be the most important component contributing to quality of life.”

Dramatic Benefits of Group Music Instruction Are Just Beginning to Be Understood
-By Dr. Alicia Ann Clair and Karl T. Bruhn Copyright © 1999 

That’s just one — albeit an important — reason why learning to play a musical instrument in an organized group setting can be so beneficial. A three-year research undertaking called the Music Making And Wellness Research Project has underscored the relationship between group music making and wellness, especially among the elderly.

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Sam teaching a group ukulele class at Fifty Forward, J. L. Turner Center.

“We feel strongly that abundant health benefits can be achieved by older adults who learn to make music in a supportive, socially enjoyable setting.” In addition, he states,” We are just beginning to understand the positive effects of making music on our bodies and our physical health.”

-Dr. Frederick Tims, principal investigator for the project and professor and chair of Music Therapy at Michigan State University

For example, people who make music together in their communities, often travel together to and from lessons. As their interests grow, many also attend musical events with one another and continue to socialize after their classes or attending a musical event. As their knowledge and appreciation of one another grows, they may share things about their personal lives and in the process of opening up, discover meaningful new and lasting friendships. However, people who are not as comfortable sharing on a personal level focus their discussions on music and music making topics. In such a setting, sharing the music provides the basis and the reason for social interaction.

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Group guitar class.

Young or Old, It’s Good for Your Brain!

Additionally, the study showed that students who played instruments in a class had more improved neural processing than the children who attended the music appreciation group. “We like to say that ‘making music matters,'” said Kraus. “Because it is only through the active generation and manipulation of sound that music can rewire the brain.”

Here is the full article featured in TIME

Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a nonmusician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches a specialized music curriculum for children aged two months to nine years.” You can read more here.

Music is a language and language is used to communicate. Taking group music lessons is a great way to learn and improve this new skill…all while having fun with your friends and making some new ones as well.

If you are interested in beginning or joining a group music lesson, please email us here or fill out the contact form below.

 

 

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