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Differences between Group Lessons and Private Lessons

While we are still providing music solutions to Uganda and East Africa as a whole, you may easily notice that of late we started encouraging people to enroll for Group Lessons like they do in Private Lessons. These lessons (Group and Private) of course have some similarities and differences and the prices differ.

This has sparked a number of questions from our readers and fans around the world about the differences or benefits of private and group Lessons. Let’s discuss some of the most obvious differences between private and group Lessons.

Before we go further, let’s first make certain that we understand what we are going to differentiate. Private Lessons (at ESOM) are music lessons conducted with a teacher teaching one student in a lesson. It can be easily called one on one lesson. On the other hand Group Lessons include the teacher teaching a group of students at the same time. The group normally has 4 to 8 students (one to many)


Differences between Group and Private Lessons

  1. Private lessons are designed with a high level of student convenience. A student selects the most appropriate time s/he can have to have lessons unlike Group Lessons which have a fixed timetable. This would be appropriate for anyone to study in their own convenient time.
  2. We all understand that sometimes unavoidable situations come along. In this case, private lessons are very flexible that when you notify the administration in time, your lessons can be rescheduled to another time, unlike Group Lesson where others can study and you miss. For example, you can miss a group class lesson when you are sick but you can reschedule a private class lesson to another time when you are sick.
  3. Easy expression. We have different levels of expression. These levels can be determined by factors like language barrier, natural disabilities among others. These can as well affect the levels of self-esteem and may affect people in Groups. For example, you may hesitate to ask a question in a group when you have poor grammar unlike in Private Lessons where you are free with the teacher.
  4. Private Lessons favor many languages where the instructor can freely interact with the student in an agreed whereas Group Lessons are mostly conducted in English.
  5. Crash Course. Did you ever want to do something but you are always busy with work? A moment comes and you have a month’s time leave, yes you can study a course in the shortest possible time and this is only possible in private Lessons. You will realize that it is impossible to give crush lessons to a group of people.
  6. Study Break. Though not encouraged because of the setbacks they bring in the progress, study breaks sometimes come along. These can pause the lessons for about 2 weeks. These study breaks are only offered to students on private lessons.
  7. Intakes and Enrollment: Group Program intakes can expire and are fixed to specific dates whereas Private Program intakes are always open. You can come at anytime register and start your private lessons right away unlike in Group intakes where you have to wait for the next intake before you can start lessons.
  8. Amount charged. The amount charged for private lessons is higher than the amount charged by Group lessons. You will realize that even though Group Lessons are favorable for low-income earners, they are not convenient. Private lessons are also affordable with a basket full of benefits.

NOTE: All lessons at the end can help you achieve your basic objectives but private lessons can do it in a more simpler way.


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Payroll Management – QuickBooks



Handle your PAYROLL effectively

QuickBooks is an accounting software package which offers solutions used to monitor expenses, create invoices and reports, track change orders and job status, and manage inventory, customers, vendors and employees. QuickBooks combines a variety of accounting processes into one user-friendly system for both professional accountants and business owners.

Why QuickBooks Payroll?

Might you be tired of carrying out a manual payroll process? A manual payroll system creates a great deal of administrative burden. Are you challenged in maintaining payroll records and employee information in an organized and accurate manner? Or have you simply failed to find compatible payroll software?  QuickBooks Payroll will help you minimize errors in payment data entries, minimizing and eliminating paperwork and files, streamline the payroll process, tracking employee absence and enable easy compliance to statutory measures.

Get expert help in our one-day training session 18th Oct

You are invited to master QuickBooks Payroll with hands-on training from ESOM School by accounting experts. Start by learning how to set up an account and enter company and employee payroll data; then define statutory payroll taxes and work with various accounts and payroll items. The lessons also teach how to run payroll, prepare payroll tax forms, and generate reports. Never mind that you are starting mid-year, you will also learn how to add year-to-date data. By the end of this course you will be able to handle the following payroll tasks using QuickBooks;

  • Working with the Payroll Setup
  • Setting up employees payroll information
  • Entering compensation and benefits items
  • Defining payroll taxes
  • Recording historical payroll data
  • Running payroll
  • Managing payroll liabilities
  • Calculating payroll with QuickBooks
  • Understanding payroll items
  • Setting up payroll schedules
  • Running a payroll schedule
  • Tracking your tax liabilities

Fees: UGX 40,000

How to Register

Follow this link to the registration page, Fill out the form and select Quickbooks on the Course drop-down menu.

Send your interest to our email at

Make a phone call or Whatsapp 0700132588

Note: We shall contact you back to confirm with you otherwise call 0700132588



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How to play a guitar for beginners step by step

You can use a guitar to play anything from death metal to classical and everything in between. Learning to play guitar is more approachable than many other instruments, once you master a few basics. Here has come up with step by step guideline on how to go about this task.

Section One:  Learning the Basics

Step 1: Identify the parts of a guitar

Whether you’re playing an electric or an acoustic guitar, the instrument is essentially wood and metal. Copper-wound strings vibrate to create sound. The wooden body resonates that sound to create the warm tones we associate with a guitar.

how to play a guitar | parts

    • The strings run between the headstock of the guitar, where they are affixed to tuning pegs that can be rotated to tighten and slacken them, and the bridge, where they’re fixed to the guitar’s body. On an acoustic guitar, the strings are fixed to the bridge with removable pegs, and on an electric guitar the strings are generally strung through an eyelet.
    • The neck of the guitar is the long wooden piece of wood, flat on one side (this is called the fretboard) and curved on the other.
  • An acoustic guitar will have a sound hole in the body where the sound will resonate, while an electric guitar will have as many as three magnetic pickups which will channel the sound through an amplifier.

Step 2: Hold the guitar in the right position

Before you start playing like your finest guitarist, make sure you’re holding your guitar correctly. If you’re right handed, you’ll play the guitar by strumming about halfway between the sound hole and the bridge with your right hand and fretting the strings on the neck with your left hand.

how to play a guitar | holding position

  • To play your guitar, sit up in a straight-backed chair or stool. When you orient the guitar to your body, the smallest string should be pointed toward the ground and the thickest string should be pointed up at the ceiling. Hold the back of the guitar so it touches your stomach and chest and rests on the leg of your strumming/picking hand.
  • The guitar should be held mostly with your leg and by cradling it in your body. Your left hand is used to stabilize the neck and fret the strings. Hold the neck in the V created by your thumb and forefinger. You should be able to smoothly move your left hand up and down the neck without having to hold it up.
  • Even if you hold the guitar correctly, you may experience some discomfort while getting used to playing. Do not become discouraged if your shoulder hurts in addition to your neck, arms and hands. You will eventually get used to it.

Step 3: Tune the guitar

You will not like it when you play a guitar that’s not in tune and can lead to some bad habits when you’re first starting out. Tuning regularly will also familiarize you with which string and fret combinations correspond with which notes.

how to play a guitar | tuning

Learn the name of each string. From the lowest to highest pitch (thickest to thinnest strings) the strings are named E, A, D, G, B, and E (after the note played when the string is plucked with no fingers touching it). Use a mnemonic to remember this order, such as “Emmah Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Emmah!”

  • Electric tuners are easy to use and very accurate. Hold it to the guitar and pluck the high E. The tuner will tell you if the guitar is “sharp” (too high) or “flat” (too low). Pick each note and tighten the string to make it go higher, or give it some slack to lower it. Make sure the room is quiet when using a tuner because the microphone on the tuner can pick up other sounds.
  • If you cannot afford a tuner, you can also tune your guitar without one by matching each note to the corresponding note on the piano.

Step 4: Practice fretting the strings

The frets are the metal strips that run perpendicular to the strings that mark each note. To play a note, press your finger down between the metal strips, not on them. To say that you’re playing the third fret means that you place your finger on the string in the gap between the second and third fret. Also, make sure your finger is closer to the lower fret to avoid buzzing. Hold the string down firmly so that it only vibrates between your finger and your strumming hand, with the tip of your finger doing the pressing.

  • Every time you move from one fret to another, the resulting pitch will be half a step higher as you move toward the body and a half step lower as you move toward the headstock. Practice moving up and down the fretboard, pressing the frets and getting a feel for the pressure you need to use to play a note.

Step 5: Hold the plectrum

A plectrum, is a small tear-shaped piece of plastic used for picking out individual notes and strumming the guitar. They’re cheap and available at any music retailer (Esom Music Shop). While it’s not essential to learn to play guitar with a pick, it’s most generally the way to start.

  • Make a fist with your picking hand and your thumb flat on top of your curled fingers. Hold the pick by grasping it perpendicular to your fist between your thumb and index finger, with no more than a few centimeters of the smaller end sticking out of your hand

Thanks for reading guys.

Let’s catch up in the next section (Two)


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