Each year we are asked many questions regarding private instruction. We would like to give you the information necessary to address those questions so that you can make a proper decision as to if and when a private teacher is needed.

A private teacher is helpful for any or all of the following reasons:
  • Remedial instruction
    A private teacher can help those students who are having difficulty with their instrument. Some students may learn concepts better when presented and reinforced by a private teacher.

  • Individual attention
    Students in a school music program will never be able to receive the kind of individual attention available in a private lesson. Time constraints and class size simply do not allow school teachers to spend as much time with each student as they would like. A private teacher will spend the entire lesson time with your child and will be able to focus on his or her specific needs. This can be especially helpful during the summer months when school is not in session.

  • Extended exposure and playing time
    A private lesson is one more opportunity to pick up the instrument and play within a week's time. A private lesson involves more focused playing time than in the class lesson or home practice session.

  • Reinforcement of learned concepts
    A private teacher can be very helpful in reinforcing the concepts taught in school such as posture, note reading, and rhythms. Private instruction is valuable in helping to establish good playing habits, especially when done in the beginning stages of playing.

  • Enhanced instruction for the serious or gifted student
    Some students will have the desire and/or ability to further their musical skills. If a student wishes to become a serious musician and take advantage of his or her potential, then a private teacher is a must. A good private teacher will design a program that enhances and accelerates playing proficiency. When should my child start private instruction? The answer is very easy - at any time. Private lessons can be beneficial at all levels of instruction.

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