10 Benefits of Private Music Lessons
Many parents hesitate before signing up their children for private music lessons because –they believe- if kids are already receiving music lessons as part of their traditional school curriculum, what’s the point in adding individual lessons? Having a weekly music lesson at school is, undoubtedly, good for any kid, as learning music is always advantageous. But the truth is, private lessons offer way more advantages for kids, especially for certain personality traits. In this article, we will tell you 10 benefits of private music lessons you won’t get elsewhere!
#1: Individual attention
A child can easily get lost in a big music class. Even the most attentive school music teacher cannot provide each of their many students enough individual attention during the time of the lesson. Certain children love standing in front of their classroom and playing a solo part in their instrument, or singing out loud their favorite songs. But if your child is usually somehow shy, she may benefit a lot from that one-on-one attention only private music lessons can offer!
#2: Longer attention span
Perhaps your child loves music and she’s looking forward to her music lesson at school. But even if she enjoys the class, there are way too many opportunities to get distracted! Her friends are nearby, there are all sorts of interruptions due to the normal school environment, the teacher may need to call the attention of others, etc. On the other hand, a private lesson offers your child the chance to pay (and receive) uninterrupted attention to what’s actually going on.
In a huge class, your child may “hide” between her classmates. There is little to no way to telling if she has practiced her instrument, or learned the lyrics of their new song. She may just move her lips or pretend to be playing, and the teacher may eventually notice it, but it will be already wasted time. In a private lesson, it becomes pretty obvious the way a student advances –or gets stuck. If she’s not paying attention or seems lost, the tutor can try a different approach and encourage her. If she’s doing a lot of effort and she’s making progress, it will show as well! And in any way, she can receive the right feedback to get her back on track.
#4: Freedom to choose personal interests
Many school teachers complain that some students dislike their repertoire. The truth is, when someone is working in a school, they have to follow a curriculum and you can’t pick the songs or the pieces you play in class to please every each single student. After all, children have different preferences. A child who takes private lessons does have this chance! The tutor can adapt their instructions to the music the child enjoys the most. And we don’t need to emphasize how much of a motivational factor this is for your kid! They are not just learning to play a musical instrument; they are learning to play their favorite songs as well.
#5: Another positive authority figure
The music tutor, once they build a good rapport with your child, will become a positive influence for the kid: like you, the parents, or like her school teacher, the music tutor is likely to become someone in their circle of trust. It’s great for children to be surrounded by positive adult influences because they can learn from their life values besides musical abilities.
#6: Adaptability to an individual learning process
A private music tutor is used to adapting their lessons to the specific learning times and styles of each of their students. Some children learn easier with visual aids, others need more technical exercises, and some others benefit from being given basic music theory. The private tutor you choose for your kid will soon spot her learning style and adapt their lessons to better fit her individual qualities and strengths, and tailor the instructions accordingly. This means your child will achieve more success in less time.
#7: A time for themselves!
Private music lessons offer children a sense of belonging. It is a time they take for themselves, for learning something they like, and working side-by-side with their music tutor helps them achieve a sense of confidence as they improve their skills. This is something any good teacher should aim for in a group class, but unfortunately, it isn’t always possible.
#8: The chance to spot a gifted musician
We should state that a child does not need to be naturally gifted to learn music and to benefit from music lessons. Even more, many talented musicians have achieved success without what we’d call “a natural talent”, but through hard work and effort. Thus said, some children are naturally talented for music, and a private lesson is a better way to discover these rare talents than a regular group lesson, where even a gifted child may go unnoticed. In fact, naturally gifted children may get bored during a regular music lesson, since they feel they are held back by their classmates.
#9: Encouraging active listening
Learning music is not only about playing an instrument or singing: listening is crucial! Unfortunately, sometimes there is not enough time during regular music lessons to encourage music appreciation and active listening. But a private lesson may promote some time for knowing new music genres, artists, styles, and techniques, simply by providing a child enough opportunities to listening!
#10: A sense of responsibility
Private music lessons request a commitment from the child (and from the family as well). You need to follow a schedule, take the lesson at a specific time, have the instrument ready, remember to reschedule if you have an inconvenient, etc. Therefore, attending private music lessons is also a way to build in your child practical values such as organization and responsibility.