Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?

Why Should I Send My Child to Private Music Lessons?

“Why should I send her to private music lessons? My daughter is in her school band.” A fair question—one you yourself may have asked. My daughter is learning how to play her instrument in band or orchestra class—doesn’t that setting provide sufficient instruction? First of all, let me say I have the utmost regard for band and orchestra teachers. Whether at the elementary, middle or high school level, they work hard, inspire their students and—semester after semester—help their classes perform as cohesive units. But that’s not enough for a music student. Private music lessons with a skilled instructor provide benefits your child won’t find in a class setting. Let me share a handful: The Benefits of Private Music Lesson Personalized training Every child learns in her own way, at her own pace. Private music lessons can provide instruction that meets the specific learning style of each child. In band class, the teacher is trying to bring 30 students along, and can’t possibly tailor his instruction for each student—and if your student can’t keep pace, she’ll only fall further and further behind. One-on-one music lessons are all about finding ways to help your child learn in the way that works best for her. Guaranteed success With a private instructor, a child learns much more quickly the fundamentals of playing. A solid foundation is established, and the student can keep learning, playing and succeeding—and that’s fun! The child builds confidence and determination, not to mention the desire to continue playing. Instant feedback When a student isn’t doing something correctly, it’s not likely to be detected and addressed in orchestra class. There’s just too...