The Point of Private Lessons

Parents may think sending their child to private music lessons seems a bit silly. They’re not planning on becoming professional musicians, so what’s the point?

Turns out there are a lot of reasons to study privately. Here are some of our thoughts on why you might consider setting up your child for private lessons:

Private lessons offer benefits outside of music.

The Benefits of Individual Attention

One-to-one attention. Instruction moves at the student’s pace and the curriculum is based on their specific needs. Imagine how fast students would learn in the classroom if there was a teacher for every student!

Learn effective study techniques. Through practice and personalized instruction, students will eventually be self-aware of how they best learn, practice, and study. Such a tool is quite valuable for every student, even those not planning on pursuing music.

Set regular goals. Students work toward new goals every week and can see their success on a smaller scale. It also gives them larger goals to work toward, like playing competitively or participating in recitals.

Responsibility and Accountability. Since lessons are one-to-one, students are held accountable for their practice (which they can dodge in the classroom setting). They also get instant feedback about their playing.

Learn effective practicing techniques. If students don’t know how to practices, they won’t improve. Since you have more attention and extra time, the instructor can show your student how to fix issues during practice. It’s not impossible to teach these in the larger band or orchestra, but it’s not easy either.

Develop proper technique. Working with a private instructor means technical instruction that is specific to your student’s instrument. They will learn the basics in class, but each instrument uses technique that needs to be explored in great detail in order to execute perfectly.

Our Teachers’ Thoughts

Individualized attention and instruction is great in any subject or sport, especially music. It gives you a sense of direction with weekly check-ins, an ability to learn at your own pace, and a solid musical foundation to set you up for greater success later on.
Korrey Frichtl, Low brass instructor, Champaign
Within the private lesson setting, the student is able to shift his or her focus to one, specific concept or issue. Through the process of isolation, practice, and repetition, student are able to master many concepts in a very short amount of time.
Beth Hildenbrand, Clarinet instructor, Normal
When you study with a professional private music teacher, you will receive your teacher’s attention and focus for the entire lesson. You will benefit from lessons that have been planned and tailored to your specific needs, goals, and learning style.
Jonathan Clausing, Fretted instructor, Springfield

Becoming a Well-Rounded Musician

Regular exposure to a professional sound. Hear quality playing through the teacher, then mimic their sound. This will help develop tone.

Study more than notes. There’s much more to being a musician after the basics. Lessons provide the opportunity to learn about music theory, ear training, composition, history, expression, and so much more!

Study what interests the student. Not every musician enjoys the standard band and orchestra repertoire. Private study gives students the chance to explore many genres of music and find what interests them. Do they like jazz? Opera? Contemporary music? Music theory? Try all of them!

Explore solo repertoire. Working on solo pieces means students get to hear what their instrument can do and learn about its history, which makes them a more rounded musician.

More performance opportunities. Traditionally, private studios have one or two recitals a year, which means more solo performance for your student. Often times they also have access to shows and competitions, so if your student wants to perform more, private study might be the place.

Study a non-traditional instrument. Countless instruments aren’t found in band or orchestra, which means students may only get to try them at private lessons. Guitar and piano, for instance, are rare in beginning band. Or, try something more unique like banjo, harp, ukulele, dulcimer, mandolin…the list goes on!

Meet players like you. Get the chance to meet other players from the studio and enjoy camaraderie, working together (should they play together), and listening to players at every level.

Develop a sense of musical identity. What kind of musician is your student?

The best part from my end is helping a student find what they love about music. Most of the time, students don’t have a say in what they play/practice for school ensembles. I give my students opportunities to learn and play the things they love and are excited about, even if they don’t know what that is yet.
Korrey Frichtl, Low brass instructor, Champaign
My favorite aspect of teaching one-on-one is getting to know each of my students on a very individual basis… Understanding who they are and how they best learn allows me to shape my teaching in the best possible way for each of my students.
Beth Hildenbrand, Clarinet instructor, Normal
Learning about your instrument takes time and devotion, but pays back one hundred percent. Private study will help hone your skills and help to plan your practice time efficiently.
Jonathan Clausing, Fretted instructor, Springfield

So, what’s the point?

The point is that students can learn more about music in a shorter amount of time, developing valuable life skills and meaningful relationships in the process. Send your student to lessons and see what they become!

PS: If you’re ready to set up lessons and have no idea where to start, give us a call. We have lesson studios at all three of our locations!