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
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.