Why We Need Group Learning in Music

Humans by nature continually seek to form connections, build communities, and foster bonds with one another. We need these connections as much as we need food, water and shelter.

But today, it seems as though society encourages us to become even more isolated from one another. With the increased role of technology in our daily lives, we seldom find the time to truly listen and connect with one another. Humans naturally choose to do things in groups, and often times, we learn the most essential life skills by working with one another. It should come as no surprise that our children are mainly taught in group settings – the classroom at school, the baseball team or the youth orchestra. So why should music lessons be the exception?

Music has always been meant to be played as a group

For teacher Hector Hervás, music has given him the confidence to know that he want to spend his life doing what he loves intensely every day! And it makes him happy as a person. Being part of an ensemble allows him to share his passion with equals. His experience is that he could establish a mutual dialogue that helps to better understand what he does as a musician and person.

When Hector was a child, his motivation was probably the curiosity and the fact that he enjoyed listening to music so much. Through the years, Hector learned endless of values, knowledge and skills since he entered in the wonderful world of music. Now, the strong passion and delight he finds in music keeps him motivated.

Music brings us together

When musician Massimiliano Dosoli was young he listened to music day and night! Mostly to Dire Straits and his family bought him his first guitar. He just started playing their songs, and it was so much fun to learn the music he’d always listened to!
Now that he became a professional musician, Massimiliano has many other things that keep me motivated:

“I have four bands in which I play and compose the music and the arrangements. To make music with those amazing people always keeps me inspired and motivated.”

Click here to listen to Massimiliano’s band

Bands, ensembles and a general community feeling is the driving force to keep practicing

We know that music is pleasurable, and it seems to play a role in our wellbeing. But many researchers also believe that music plays a significant role in strengthening social bonds. According to teacher Eduardo Doreste Velázquez music has given him great confidence, as the act of making music is based on trust.

Whether someone plays with somebody else or on their own, there is an engagement towards the public to be reached. This connection is activated by an honest openness of emotions in order to provide a personal gift to the listener. To share a meaningful moment with everyone involved in it, and the listeners.

Click here to listen to Eduardo play the sax!