Other Benefits of Shared Lessons
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Kylie S., Australia
I am a new teacher, and about to have a conversation with the head of a primary school, to ask for permission to do shared lessons (with only 2-3 students). The school does not allow shared lessons (for guitar groups etc, which would be larger groups) as they don’t like taking too many students out of class at one time – particularly if they come from the one classroom.
So, I’m going to request permission to run smaller groups and I need to have a list of the benefits of the shared lessons. I’m asking your help for ideas, as teachers who have been there and done it! Can you add to my list of benefits?
- The vibrancy of group dynamics
- The power of observing others
- regular performance experience
- peer motivation
- peer support
Mark M., New York
I put this page up on my website a few years ago:
Heather M., Australia
I have been teaching a group of adults which began at 5, stayed at 4 for a while in the first year, and has now been at 3 for the past 12 months. So I would say start bigger as you always get those that pull out or move away.
Now and again I hear (when we bring up the Long Term Relationship) from one of the 3 that thing that keeps them inspired – and guess what! It’s usually to play or be like one of the other 2 – in their practice, or organization, or diligence, or whatever. It astounds me that peer motivation is that underlying and unseen reason that keeps them wanting to do better each week. It’s a powerful thing.
Being able to play a piece fluently and as they’ve seen it played by Neil, is another major factor of motivation.
Learning in a group is way of life for kids at school, its normal, and it’s the good peer pressure in a group environment that will keep them motivated to do better. Adults love to learn in a group or pair, as it takes the pressure off themselves, and they love the social interaction with each other.
I haven’t taught in the school environment, but I would make sure you have excellent communication with the parents -face to face and by phone.
All the best, and let us know how it goes.