Group lessons are the best way to teach young students for a number of reasons, and I highly reccomend them for any student under age 8. The reasoning behind this is because most musical techniques and concepts are fairly unusual to a young child's scope of knowledge, and a half hour one-on-one lesson will likely not accomplish as much for them as it would for an older child. When parents, children, and even older siblings take lessons together, the concepts that the older participants will likely grasp more quickly can be re-taught to the student throughout the week, so by the time the next lesson comes, everyone is up-to-date and ready to continue. This allows the child to learn all material with the greatest portion of his attention span at different points throughout the week. Additional family members also give the child motivation, and later down the line, a very early opportunity to perform in a small ensemble of other musicians.
Due to expenses and the physical characteristics of many of the instruments I teach, I only offer family sessions for guitar lessons, ukulele lessons, and bass lessons.
Are Family Lessons Right For Me?
Strangely enough, the question with family guitar lessons isn't usually whether a child can handle them, but whether the parent has the patience to re-teach a few times throughout the week. Parents who are extremely competitive or who won't work with their child at the child's own pace may become harsh and drive them away from music, and as such, should avoid these kinds of lessons.
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