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Are In-Home Music Lessons Really Your Best Option?

Leighann Hodgkins

April 26, 2018

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If someone asked you, "Hey, how would you like to have a music teacher to come to your house instead of having to go to a school?" you might answer… "Why not? That sounds like an easy option.”

And while it might be easier, most people don't realize there are a few pitfalls with in-home lessons that can actually lead students to quit. And when that happens, it’s super sad because now they could be missing out on a lifetime of playing and creating music!

Can kids learn and succeed with in-home lessons? Of course. But if you’re considering this option or if you’re already taking lessons at home and wondering why it doesn’t seem to be working out, here are a couple things to consider:

Taking music lessons at home#1 Feeling lonely and isolated

There are a number of reasons why kids quit lessons, but in our experience, the biggest one is feeling lonely and isolated. Most musicians will tell you that it’s pretty rare to find a someone who aspires to play alone. Ultimately, it’s all about sharing, performing, and making music for and with others.

But think about the typical learning experience of most young musicians: they have weekly lessons, and then spend the next few days practicing at home by themselves. A week later, they meet with the instructor for another lesson and the entire cycle repeats itself.

This is the reality of in-home lessons for most students, and it totally misses the mark when it comes to the social and community and aspects of music making!

#2 Learning in an educational environment

In addition to feeling isolated, kids who have in-home lessons aren’t a part of a musical community. They are not a part of a place where everything is about learning, creating, and playing music!

Teen Band Posing-1When you’re part of a thriving school, students are inspired by seeing other kids playing different instruments, playing in bands, and having fun. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities, where they think, "maybe I could learn songwriting or digital recording, try a different instrument.... or I could join a band and make new friends!”

And while this is great, a quick note of caution. Enrolling in a music school or studio doesn’t automatically mean that you’ll avoid the pitfalls of learning music in isolation.

Be sure to look for a place that encourages ensemble participation, where it’s easy and affordable to schedule weekly lessons and play in ensembles.

Ask about the retention rates with the bands, and look for positive testimonials from parents and students about the quality of the lessons, ensembles, and the overall experience.

Is your weekly lesson the end of your experience? Make it the beginning instead! 

When you have a music teacher come to your home, or study at a studio that offers lessons only, your weekly lesson and practicing is pretty much the end of your experience.

But, when you’re a part of a thriving musical community and school that offers ensembles and limitless opportunities to play with others, your weekly lesson is just the beginning! 

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