How Long & How Frequent
Should My Lessons Be?
Whether you take music lessons for beginners or advanced lessons, instruction is one part lesson, six parts practice. This ensures students make quick progress rather than languishing in music instruction for months or years without seeing results. Expect to integrate music instruction into your daily routine to accomplish your goals.
Getting Started with Music Lessons
Here are a few tips and tricks when you are first getting started with music lessons for your family:
- When to Start? Most of students start at age 5 or older. With a guitar music lesson, that is often 6 or older. Other instruments vary depending on the child’s ability to physically hold the instrument or sustain breath. If your child seems either highly interested in music or able to focus for 20 minutes at a time, go for it. You can always start again later if the time is not quite right.
- How Often? A music lesson is commonly once per week. Some students take more frequently. Less frequent lessons often do not produce results for the student, and therefore do not last.
- Lesson Duration? For private kids music lessons, two siblings often share a 60 minute lesson, each taking 30 minutes. Single children and children over the age of 10 usually take 45 minutes to 60 minutes each week.
- What About Holidays? We recommend you call to reschedule around holidays where possible so the lesson is not altogether missed. It’s easy to fall out of a rhythm when lessons are inconsistent. We found that the entire Fall season can become a holiday schedule if you aren’t persistent about making up missed lessons.
- What About Summer? We HIGHLY recommend you not abandon lessons during the summer months. It’s so easy to lose everything your family has accomplished during summer. Simply work with your instructor to carve out family vacations whilst keeping pace with lessons. It provides great structure for kids and a nice break for parents, plus you don’t risk losing that wonderful instructor to another job.
- How Often to Practice? Practice a little bit each day. Ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening can be just as good as 20 minutes in one sitting. To make it more fun, practice based on a goal other than time. For example, play a particular song three times, or work through scales once per day, etc.
- Family Time? Many families that take piano instruction or other music lesson together with the same teacher. With kids and adults, family lessons last between 90 minutes and 2 hours a week and provide an excellent way to set aside that extra quality time busy schedules often take away.
Regular music lessons should be both fun and provide real value. We offer a tremendous selection of music instructors and studios that are actively available to teach you and want your business. With us, you can e-chat with them prior to getting started. Those contacting you have paid to do so, and are serious about teaching. Get started with lessons today.