Robert Estrin - piano expert

Should You Take Two Music Lessons a Week?

A useful answer to a common questionq

In this video, Robert shares his thoughts on whether taking 2 music lessons a week is really necessary.

Released on September 24, 2014

  
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Hi, and welcome to virtualsheetmusic.com and livingpianos.com. I'm Robert Estrin with a great viewer question: "Should you take two lessons a week?" Well, this is a great question. You know, we did have a question a while back about "Are 30-minute lessons okay?" You might wanna reference that video for additional information. But today's question: "Should you take two lessons a week?" Well, that's a really good question, and there's a lot that determines the answer to that question.

First of all is the age of the students. Sometimes, younger students may have difficulty sitting still for an hour, so two 30-minute lessons a week could be ideal. Plus, it gives the opportunity for the student to refresh the lessons, so that they don't forget what they're supposed to be doing during the week. Because I can't tell you how many times I've taught lessons where you tell the student everything to practice, and you write it down. And they come in the next week, and they forgot to do it. So at least if you get to see them on a regular basis, it could be very helpful.

But for adult students, two lessons a week can actually be a very, very big challenge. Why? Well, the teacher shows you a great deal of what to practice and how to practice it. And are you going to have enough time to devote to doing what the teacher showed you? In some cases, you might have two weeks of work or even more that you're exposed to within the first 10, 15 minutes of a lesson. I've had lessons like that. So, you have to know realistically the amount of time you have to devote to practicing. If you're in a situation where you can practice unlimited amounts of time, you got a great teacher, two lessons could sometimes be exactly what you needed at a certain stage of your development.

Other times, however, you may find you'll have plenty to work on for a week or two after a good lesson with a great teacher. As I said, younger students: two lessons a week, or ideally 10 or 15-minute lessons every day in a perfect world could be spectacular, which is why parental involvement on a daily basis with younger students can be really, really helpful for the progress of the student.

Thanks for the great question. Keep them coming in. Once again, I'm Robert Estrin here at virtualsheetmusic.com and livingpianos.com. Thanks for joining me.
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