Both have their benefits, and both have draw backs, however it’s important to know where each form of teaching will help with becoming a better musician, especially if the student has ambitions in pursuing music professionally as a career.
Beyond it’s abilities to develop performers, music has a number of benefits that come along with it:
- It can improve creativity
- It can increase confidence
- It can help improve social skills
- It is a constructive and healthy hobby
- It is an outlet both mentally and emotionally
Depending on where you are looking to take your music, you need to select your instruction style appropriately – certain skills can be gained in individual classes, and other skills can only be gained in group classes.
Both individual as well as group classes require commitment.
In a group class scenario, there is a level of reliance that is placed upon all students turning up, as often the repertoir of music will be more suitable for groups, and each member of the group will have their own part to play. This is no different than being a part of a band or an orchestra, and is great training if this is where a student wishes to take their music.
Naturally, a student will make mistakes in front of their peers, but they will also learn from their peers too. Peer learning is actually very effective when you are in group situations.
This ability to interact with both fellow students and teachers is not only socially beneficial, but is great for confidence. This is no different from a team based sport – the success of the team is reliant upon individuals doing their part.
Individual lessons on the other hand are brilliant for people who need to fine tune, who need individual guidance and preparation, intense training and remediation work, or for those who are looking to become elite performers or soloists.
Students will recieve individual and tailored attention, and in return they are expected to provide the utmost dedication, and follow through upon prescribed actions. It also ensures that the student will pay attention during the lesson, as they are the sole focus of that particular lesson – this is particulary useful if the student gets easily distracted.
Ultimately each student has their own needs when it comes to music education. Often a hybrid approach works well: regular classes can be in the group format, and where required, supplement with individual classes so to fill the gaps.