Adult student group classes

Anne Brennand said: Apr 8, 2016
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
38 posts

Hi. I have a large student base of adult students. In the past, I have been disappointed when, every single time I started a monthly group class for adults, the class started with lots of enthusiasm, but eventually dwindled, as schedules became hectic and numbers dropped off.
My classes for ages 4—19, level appropriate, are thriving, and I teach every year at a successful summer music program for amateur adults, so I do not think it is my personal skills that are lacking.
I’m curious to read how other teachers have been able to create successful adult group classes. Please let me know your thoughts on format, time and place, rep explored, etc., and more. —Anne

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

Jennifer Visick said: Apr 8, 2016
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

Parents who want to play the instrument have occasionally attended our group classes—alongside their children. This seems to work fine—the adult stands in the back and plays along with whatever level group class they are at. Because their child is enrolled, they make time in their schedule for the group class day anyways…

However I’ve never had an adults-only group class. Perhaps because I’ve not ever had more than one adult student taking private lessons at a time.

Maybe an adult group class could be a less frequent thing: a special gathering (with coffee or tea and food) once a month or once every two months.

Or it could be a short term thing—once a week for 4 weeks in a row, perhaps once in the fall and once in the spring or maybe in the summer.

In this way you might get adults who can commit to a short term, or a “one time” thing without running up against their schedules too much. Also, if it is infrequent, the students might be more inclined to make room for it in their schedules.

Anne Brennand said: Apr 9, 2016
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
38 posts

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for those suggestions! I really like the idea of the 4 weeks in a row each semester. My plan had been a spontaneous get together, like once every other month, but I get too busy to arrange those.

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

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