Benefits of private music lesson instruction
Private music lessons are for anyone, not just musicians already bound for a career in music. Our talented music faculty has the experience to help adults, as well as children, reach their musical goals. The benefits of taking one-on-one lessons with a professional music teacher are countless. When a child’s school already offers music as part of its regular curriculum, some may wonder what the point is in paying for private lessons. Are there really any added benefits from taking private lessons in addition to music class? While music class definitely impacts a child’s development, private lessons offer so much more than any school music program!
Let’s consider 7 Benefits to Private Music Lessons:
- Greater accountability: Unlike a class setting, the private lesson provides no way to escape accountability. While you can discreetly “hide” in the classroom, no such chance exists in a private lesson—either you practiced or you didn’t and it’s quickly apparent which it was! Private lessons teach personal discipline and build a strong work ethic, character traits absolutely necessary for success in life.
- One-on-one attention: Private lesson teachers model a professional sound on their instrument. How do babies learn to talk? By listening to people talk. How do instrumentalists learn to plan with a characteristic sound? By hearing a characteristic sound. Instant feedback and physical correction by an instructor is the best way to develop correct muscle memory for what one wants to accomplish, rather than what one unconsciously does. With private lessons, one gets feedback immediately, allowing the student to correct any bad habits or playing mistakes before they become wired into the brain.
- Pursue individual interests and achieve specific goals: In music class, the teacher must teach from a specific curriculum. Repertoire cannot possibly be selected based on everyone’s personal preference, so the music may or may not be a style everyone enjoys. With private lessons, a child has a greater opportunity to pursue his or her own musical tastes. A child who enjoys his/her music will naturally be more motivated!
- Instruction based on learning styles: Every child and adult learns in different ways. Some are aural, some are visual, some are hands-on, etc. A class setting cannot offer such individually tailored instruction to everyone…but the private lesson setting can. Private lessons help children achieve the greatest amount of success in the least amount of time.
- Provides a sense of identity: Private lessons give a person a sense of identity. It is a special time just for them where they can meet with their teacher and work together to improve their own skills and build confidence. A class setting cannot offer this to the same degree.
- Not hampered by group ability: Working with a private teacher can help a student keep up with peers in the group setting. Everyone learns at a different pace. Because of the many aspects of performing an instrument, students will progress differently. Nothing can be more frustrating than having to wait for everyone else in the class to catch up. Private lessons, on the other hand, move at the pace of the student and can progress as slowly or quickly as need be.
- Opportunity to perfect individual skills: With the one-on-one attention a student received in the private lesson, he or she is able to focus on developing individual skills written specifically for their instrument. Where in a classroom setting would this same kind of pinpoint attention be available to a single student?
Greater accountability, individualized instruction, and attention will lead to increased motivation and provide more opportunities for greater success—private lessons definitely offer any student the best musical education!