Group Program Types
Little Mozarts - Independant Learning
This Music Program for Young Children introduces a child to the popular "Piano Adventures" method in a group learning environment. It's focus is on making the idea of learning music fun for a child while developing proper keyboard playing skills. It also helps prepare a child for private lessons that can be taken when they're a bit older. This is a great option for most children and families looking for a fun but well structured musical activity and program.
Yamaha School - Parent Participation
These Music Programs for Young Children developed and offered by the Yamaha Music Foundation/Education System emphasize ear training, creativity and the development of musicianship skills such as composition and improvisation. These are fun, group programs where students can achieve a high level of musical proficiency. A key component to these programs involves parents participating in each lesson and staying involved throughout the year.
Group Program Benefits
There are several benefits for young children who spend the early years of their music education in a group lesson.
Studies indicate that playing and listening to music at a young age improves learning, memory, reasoning ability and general creativity. Research also supports the idea that young children who are exposed to music develop enhanced cognitive skills.
There are other important aspects of learning to play music in a group. A good musician will learn to focus on his or her own part within the group yet still be able to listen and perform with the group as a whole. During group lessons, young students will start developing "real musicianship skills" and a level of confidence that will benefit them later in school and life.
More benefits include
Rate of progress – group lessons provide consistent progress. Following prepared lesson plans that always include new material, students must practice and learn in order to keep up.
Skills – students in group lessons will learn the same material as a private student of the same age and will have a better chance of completing the material in a shorter time due to the motivation a group provides.
Variety – group lessons offer more variety in lesson material and more activities to participate in. Students will stay interested and enjoy their lessons more.
Time & Money – group lessons are sometimes twice as long as a private lesson and the cost of a group lesson can be 25% less than a private lesson.
Motivation & Interest – learning in an appropriate peer group with friends plus exciting lesson plans make learning for young children fun. Students in a group lesson will practice more willingly between lessons and look forward to their weekly class.