• Julia Thomsen

Making Music Together - The Benefits of Suzuki Group Class

You may be wondering, “Why do I need group class? What are the benefits?”

Playing music with others creates a sense of community, increases confidence, and it's

just plain fun! It is also an entirely different skill than playing an instrument alone, and

it's necessary to becoming a well-rounded musician. In group class, students develop musical awareness by playing with and listening to their peers. They have the opportunity both to lead and to follow. Many students also find that observing other students motivates them. In addition to developing ensemble skills, common elements of group class include music theory games and developing sight-reading ability. For advanced students, this time can be used for chamber music coaching, advanced music theory, or performance preparation (along the lines of a typical college-level “studio” class.)

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