I often describe learning Music for the first time, as if you were learning Chinese (if you don’t already and only speak English!)- it takes a long time to learn the language, you need to practice everyday to keep up everything you have learnt and you probably have nothing to compare this new language to so it can be very daunting. I came across this article whereby a lady was taking private and group lessons and it perfectly highlighted the reason why Key Lessons offers private lessons over group lessons. Have a read and let us know your thoughts!




“Private vs Group Tuition: Which is Better?

This week I joined the Level 2 group class at my Mandarin school here in Guangzhou, southern China. For the past two weeks I had been taking one-to-one lessons only so I was looking forward to meeting some new people and getting stuck in to the group lessons. After three days of the new course I started to think about the pros and cons of private and group tuition and decided to make a list

Private tuition – The Pros:

– you can study at your own pace

– you develop a stronger relationship with the teacher

– you progress much more quickly in the short-term

Private Tuition – The Cons:

– it is more expensive

– you don’t meet anyone apart from the teacher

– lessons are very intensive (and tiring) because all of the focus is on you

Group Tuition – The Pros:

– you meet lots of other people

– other students ask useful questions that you may not have thought of

– you have more time to digest the new language as the focus of attention in the classroom is not solely on you

Group Tuition – The Cons:

– you have to study at the same pace as everyone else

– you may feel that your level is higher or lower than the other students in the class

– it may be more difficult to remain motivated as you will (obviously) not receive the same level of attention from the teacher as you would in a private class

For me the conclusion was clear: for a short-term course I would prefer to take private tuition.”