5 Reasons Private Music Lessons Aren’t Only to Become a Professional

Although the main advantage one gets from taking private music lessons is learning how to play an instrument, private music lessons are much more than that. Through these lessons, kids are given the ability and opportunity to develop both musical and life skills, essential for a child's growth mentally.

Private music lessons are a great way to learn how to play an instrument, but that’s not all they’re good for. Here are five great uses for private music lessons:

1. Choosing an instrument 

Private lessons are a great way to get started if you’re a beginner that doesn’t know where to start and needs some help choosing an instrument. If you have no idea what kind of instrument is best suited for you, a private lesson can help you figure that out, allowing you to figure out what kind of music you want to play and which instrument would suit it best.

2. Build confidence

Private lessons can be instrumental in helping you build up your confidence, not only as a musician but also just as a person in general. When practicing anything by yourself, it’s easy to get discouraged and give up when things don’t go right, right away. In any scenario, a good teacher helps keep your motivation up while making sure you don’t give up too soon or get frustrated with yourself too easily. It’s easier for teachers to help build a child’s confidence within private settings, as in larger groups their focus must be shared. 

3. Build up technical skills

With good private lessons, comes a good private teacher who can help you build your technical skills. Music teachers that give private lessons contribute to the development of these technical skills through the use of specific exercises, such as hand position exercises, that will also improve your overall playing ability. Exercises like this are particularly important if you have trouble playing certain notes or chords. Music teachers expose kids to skills like these early on, allowing for them to contribute to their improvement as time goes on.

Above is a page taken out of our piano workbook, but we also have other workbooks with skills and techniques adapted for learning other instruments!

4. Feedback

Private lessons allow people to build a relationship with an expert who not only has a great deal of knowledge and experience in their given field, but also knows your strengths and weaknesses. This is extremely important as it allows them to provide accurate and constructive feedback that is tailored precisely to your needs. Additionally, when feedback is given in a group it can be anxiety inducing. Private lessons reduce the intensity of feedback as here, it is in the format of a personal conversation.

5. Specific Goals

Last but not least, taking private lessons gives way for people to work on more private, specific music goals. In situations even outside those of music, it is easier to accomplish certain goals in private settings rather than in group settings. One of the most comforting parts about private music lessons is that they are private. This gives students both the ability and confidence to set new goals, such as trying a new style or learning how to read music, before sharing their musical talents publicly.

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