For musicians of any age, performing in a group is one of the greatest and most important experiences to help you learn and grow! Whether a small ensemble or a large orchestra, there are countless benefits to be learned from playing together in a group. Check out some of our top choices below!

 

  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS
    • When you learn music together, it is essential to listen to each other and to make your own voice heard. Communication is the secret to making ANY group work! 
  • BUILDING TEAMWORK
    • Whether you have three, thirteen, or thirty students in a group, each person plays an important part! Seeing the way your part fits into the group and working together builds important teamwork skills.
  • SUPPORTING vs. STANDING OUT
    • In a group, everyone takes turns being the main tune or playing as part of the background music. Through this trading of roles, students learn that it is important to know when to be the center of attention and when to support someone else!
  • DEVELOP UNDERSTANDING OF HARMONY
    • Music can be arranged into many different parts in a group/ensemble, and students playing together will hear all those pieces coming together. These students will learn to hear and understand all this combined harmony in a way that a student playing on their own might not be able to. 
  • EXPOSURE TO NEW MUSIC
    • Group classes & ensembles are a great place to go to learn about new music! A fun, engaging director will introduce a variety of pieces, from classical to jazz, blues to rock, pop music and more!
  • LEARNING IN A SOCIAL SETTING
    • While all students in private lessons are used to learning with their teachers, learning in a social setting is a whole different ballgame. It takes focus and requires each student to do their part, but a group environment can be a very fun place to learn!
  • PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
    • Each student has an important role to play in a group class or ensemble, and sometimes they might be the only person playing a specific musical part. There is a great deal of responsibility on each student to learn their part and hold their own for the benefit of the group as a whole!
  • PLAYING IN A GROUP IS FUN!
    • Every musician (teachers too!) can tell you that after all practicing, rehearsals, and hard work put into playing in a group, it is so much FUN to perform and learn together! Music is a social experience and being part of an ensemble, band, orchestra, or any kind of group is ESSENTIAL for any student to grow, and we know your student will love their group class this spring at Valotta Studios!