Worship through Music Lessons and Appreciation
Our commitment to music and arts education lies at the heart of our music center and lesson programs.
One question we consistently get from students is whether or not they should invest in taking private music lessons, or opt for a group class in order to improve their skills. In this post we’ll talk about a few of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
For many students, private lessons are the natural choice. They are by far the best way to get individual, one on one instruction from a teacher. As long as the teacher is an expert in the instrument and style of music you want to learn, working one on one can give you deeper insights more quickly than taking group classes.
The downside is that private lessons are generally 4-5 times the cost of group lessons. Many group classes might be $20 per class, for example, whereas a private lesson can easily cost $80-100 per hour.
In general, private lessons are a good choice if you already have a basic understanding of the instrument, and are trying to take your practice to the next level. You be prepared to really commit to the lessons, and understand that most teachers expect anywhere from 3 to 10 hours of individual practice between lessons.
Group classes, on the other hand, tend to be the best choice for those just starting out.
The classes are less of a financial commitment, making them accessible for people at all levels who can’t commit to a more rigorous course of study.
There are other distinct advantages to group classes as well. Students can learn a tremendous amount by following a core curriculum along with other students, and will be listening, evaluating, and playing along with the other students in the course. That develops many fundamental aspects of musicianship that can be applied to a wide range of ensemble performance settings.
To learn more and help you decide, there’s a great continuation of the pros and cons of group or private lessons in this video by Yamaha Music.