Combination of private and shared lessons
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Heidi M., Canada
Have any of you ever combined the private/shared lesson idea? I have two eight-year-olds who are friends with each other and want to have lessons. The parents asked if the would be suitable for a shared lesson. I hesitate to put them together since one of them catches on faster than the other and the slower one is really shy too. Yet I know there is so much benefit of a shared lesson, especially since they are friends.
So I have the idea of them having private lessons, but every fourth lesson (or once a month) would be a shared class in which they can do improv/composition and variations/arrangements on songs they both already learned (even though one might be ahead of the other). This way they can have the shared lesson to look forward to every month, but still have the benefit of private classes. Costs would be adjusted accordingly.
Have any of you tried this and how has it worked? There is no scheduling issue for me on this.
Rebecca G., Colorado
I love this idea but I might only consider doing it as long as each family was willing to pay my private lesson rate entirely so I didn’t have to do some weird financial calculation (and only one group lesson a month doesn’t allow you to schedule an additional student at the alternate time when you’re not meeting, whereas you would be able to do that if it were a 100% group lesson – hence the financial comment above).
Amy L., California
Would it be feasible to have their lesson overlap every week? For example, perhaps student #1 comes 4:00-4:30 and student #2 comes 4:20-4:50? So every week they have 10 minutes of time together that you decide how to spend, whether improv, composition, arrangements, duets, etc.
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
I think these are all great ideas! I tend to believe there’s always a workable solution if you’re willing to think outside the box a bit.