Group Lessons

said: Apr 10, 2011
 24 posts

My son takes private lessons at a large music school. At this music school they have group lessons for several instruments, but none for violin. I often think about how great it would be if he and other children could play together. Is there any way to suggest starting a group lesson to the teacher? If I do make the suggestion how would I go about doing that? I don’t want to feel like I’m imposing, but this music school does have enough young violinist to have group lessons for violin also. I would even be willing to assist the instructor with recruiting, scheduling, and class.

Paula Bird said: Aug 5, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I would just ask. If they provide group lessons but have neglected one particular instrument, I would point that out. How do the group lessons work for the other instruments? Is there an additional charge? Are the group classes part of the regular fee? If the latter, then I would definitely ask. I think group classes are a very necessary part of the Suzuki experience. Children love to play with other children. Group classes are great motivators for students. I have seen some of my students cry when they found out that their parents forgot about taking them to group class. Group is fun! Go for it!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

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