According to research, children do not learn exclusively from adults. They pick up a lot from each other, not necessarily in official teaching situations. Learning from each other is a great resource that is not sufficiently utilised in music teaching. At summer camps, I have often noticed the intensity and speed at which children assimilate new skills when sufficiently motivated, which often happens when they are in the company of age-mates. For example, an eleven-year-old aspiring pianist learnt a several-pages-long new piece in two days, helped and inspired by his friend of the same age. Tips on practising given by children to each other often produce better results than those given by adults. Children understand each other’s ways of thinking better than adults and know how to provide mutual help and support in their learning processes.

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