Ensemble playing is a great way for students to experience the interactive aspect of music-making. Susan places students in groups of compatible level and ability.
As a performer, I realize how important and enjoyable it is to play music together with others. In an ensemble setting, one learns how to blend tone, pitch and rhythm to make music as a group. In addition to being educational and challenging, ensemble-playing is social and fun--from the earliest beginner levels to advanced chamber music.
While private lessons are essential in learning to play an instrument because they provide the ideal one-on-one setting for efficient skill development, integrating ensembles with private lessons offers a comprehensive musical experience for students of all levels.