Almost like Group Lessons
A typical group lesson is where there are plenty of students guided by one teacher working on the same topics at the same time.
Here are the main issues:
- The teacher cannot adapt his class to everyone's pace, while some students may need more time than others to solve problems.
- All students have to practise on the same pieces although they might not have the same music taste or level.
- The teacher can’t give much individual attention as the class must go on.
1 to 1 Lessons
1 to 1 Lessons on the other hand are great for advanced students but they can be overwhelming for beginners.
Having a teacher sitting next to you and watching your every move all the time feel pressuring. And you get used to rely on your teacher who explains immediately what you could understand on your own.
But The truth is that you DO NOT need attention for a whole hour. Just enough to know what and how to practise.
Lab-style lesson is a modern teaching method that combine the benefits or group lessons and 1 to 1 lessons. Everyone sits at their own keyboard and practices with headphones.
You don’t need to keep up, be the same age or level as anybody in the room.
You don’t need to play the same pieces
You get enough individual attention to make sure you understand the tasks
You get your own practise time to go over things by yourself. Without pressure, without anyone looking over your shoulders all the time.