I think this is the crucial point. If you have highly motivated students in a group, then they might feel not challenged and are annoyed of other members in the group with a lower skill level. So I think it's important to adjust the expectations at the beginning of a 'group guitar teaching'.
I think this is for adults who are all above quite a reasonable level. In a way, a masterclass is a form of group teaching.
If this were a court case, Erich, I would have to concede and agree with the Prosecution, in that the Defense sadly, has no convincing evidence to the contrary to prove you wrong.Erik Zurcher wrote: ↑Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:31 pm"Some people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing. Others know the value of everything, but the price of nothing!"
Group lessons are cheaper than private lessons, but what is the yield? I am against group lessons, it doesn't work. Convince me if I am wrong!
I studied with Michael Lewin and I started in group lessons! I hated them though, and I think the teacher got my parents to move me to individual lessons pretty quickly. I also dislike teaching them, it's very rare that you have two or more students that progress at the same rate, so someone is always being held back.Stephen Kenyon wrote: ↑Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:12 pmI stopped doing any group lessons over a decade ago and find offering an ensemble is enough for those who like a sociable side.
Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy used to say (something to the effect) no player you've ever heard of started in group lessons.
While its true that most other instruments work well in groups, well the orchestral ones certainly and they can benefit from a kind of group spirit of competition (and the better players can drag up the lesser) I always tended to find that it was OK except when somebody really needed some kind of personal attention because you could never really give it. The lesser players can drag the better down by inhibiting the progress they are capable of. Swings and roundabouts.
About the only positive I can give to group lessons is it can give a try to some who might otherwise not, and if they take to it in a big way its cool - casting the net wide so to speak.
Oops, but if I was remembering that comment of Michael's aright, it was probably from the early 90s ... before your timeMichael Butten wrote: ↑Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:08 pmI studied with Michael Lewin and I started in group lessons! I hated them though, and I think the teacher got my parents to move me to individual lessons pretty quickly. ...
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