Group lessons are a unique and very fun aspect about the Suzuki program. In fact many feel this is the best part of the whole thing. Students will build long-lasting bonds with other students, learn from each other, learn to play in an ensemble and above all have a lot of fun. These are some of the benefits of the groups:
They give students a peer group. A group provides each other with people they can learn alongside, and meet up with regularly.
They motivate. Younger children learn from older ones, and older children are given extra responsibility as they develop and mature, from leading mini groups, to playing harmony parts to some of the pieces, to performing their more advanced pieces. In both directions this motivates the children younger and older.
They provide invaluable performance experience. By playing in front of each other every week, students are exposed to and immersed in the performance aspect of playing, such as learning to deal with performance nerves, conducting themselves in front of groups of people, and general playing in front of people.
Parents and students bond together. Parents get to know other parents, just as the students get to know their fellow peers. This creates a long lasting bond between families.
Preparation for ensemble playing. Playing in an ensemble – be it a string trio, a quartet, a chamber orchestra, a full symphony orchestra, and everything in between - is one of the most satisfying experiences a musician can have. Playing in groups from the early stages develops the child’s ability to play in an ensemble – developing skills such as listening to each other, emulating each other’s sound and tone colour, communicating with each other, and working with each other towards a common goal.