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Research into music teaching and learning has shown that actively learning to sing or play an instrument doesn`t just improve a child`s musical skills, though clearly that`s a benefit. Other side effects include improved numeracy, literacy, creativity and language skills too, as children learn to listen, appreciate, understand rhythms and hear subtle differences in sound. It may even contribute to their ability to work as a team.


However, with many school music budgets being cut, or even completely taken away in some instances, music lesson provision is becoming less available, so the role of private music education is becoming more and more important. 

The advantages of private tuition from a purely practical viewpoint are that you can choose a teacher that suits the student and if it doesn`t work out you can change teacher, which isn`t as easy in a group class. You can choose when study and practice take place without having to take 30 other people into consideration and without interrupting your, or your child`s other commitments.


The one on one tuition afforded with a private teacher is invaluable, allowing the teacher to make sure that from the basics of hand positioning and fingering on an instrument to the most complicated pieces and theories are within the grasp of the student before moving onto the next part of the curriculum.

In a group setting the instruction must help each student to work towards a common goal, which by necessity means that students need to work at about the same pace. There is the risk of alienating or failing any child who needs a little extra help or a little more challenge in a setting that really doesn`t allow for that. The theory side, too, can suffer in a classroom setting as the essentials are sometimes rushed through without each child grasping them fully.


A private music instructor on the other hand knows the necessary skills for each grade and yet can work with students at their own pace. A teacher who can work with a student, getting to know them as an individual and adapting the curriculum to their needs and abilities will produce far greater results than a teacher with a large group who hasn`t the time to stop and help each person each time. Private teachers can also adapt the lessons to fit in with the student`s own interests and strengths, while working on the areas that need a little work without a student feeling anxious that they may be holding anybody else up.

Music students learn to place real value on excellence and the value of doing things well, practicing until they can achieve their goals, which flows into other areas of their lives. Shy students in particular, often don`t get the attention they might need in a group setting and while learning to play alongside others is of some benefit there`s always the risk that a teacher might simply not notice if a quieter child isn`t grasping the piece as well as her or his peers. The confidence in their own skills that private tuition offers can make a huge difference to these students.

Critical thinking, creativity, maths, team work and so many other life skills are enhanced by learning music. You never know where a good musical education might take a child! Perhaps they could end up playing professionally in a theatre, a film studio or on their own album! But even if they choose not to go into music as a profession the benefits of learning and learning well, will be of tremendous benefit wherever life takes them.


As well as learning an instrument, a child's musical education can be enhanced and encouraged by visiting the theatre to see a musical or play. If your child has been working hard, why not treat them or yourself whilst still learning at the same time. Check out our friends at the Box Office for tickets to your favourite shows.








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