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#2115569 - 07/10/13 08:27 AM Learning at home
adultpianist Offline
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I currently go to a music school. I have one to one tuition with a good teacher. This teacher also teaches students at home.

I am getting lazy and want to switch to being taught by my teacher in my own home. I would get the same tuition as I currently do from the school but would no longer have to travel to the school and then travel back home again. The teacher would come to me.

I do not see how a change of location would affect my tuition in any way.

Any thoughts?

I live on my own, have no children and have no pets and the only distraction would be the telephone, which I would switch off for the duration of the lesson.

My cousin teaches the flute in her own home and has to put the dog outside because he barks when he hears flute music lol


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#2115573 - 07/10/13 08:30 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
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Does the teacher charge the same rate for lessons at the school vs. lessons at home? Do you get to play on a better piano at the school than you have at home?
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#2115578 - 07/10/13 08:49 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: PianoStudent88]
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I'm just a beginner, but I believe you learn a lot more in one hour with a private teacher than one hour in music school. However, the teacher can only be your guide and the hard work has to be done by you wink I mean, you can only benefit from private lessons if you're willing to work. If not it's just a waist of money, imho.
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#2115580 - 07/10/13 08:52 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: PianoStudent88]
adultpianist Offline
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I don't know what the charge difference is and the piano I have at home is the same as the ones I play at the school. The school currently only use digital. The reason is that they say it is cheaper (you do not have to pay to have them tuned) and you can do group lessons where students are at different levels and wear headphones.

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#2115582 - 07/10/13 08:54 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: King Norre]
adultpianist Offline
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Originally Posted By: King Norre
I'm just a beginner, but I believe you learn a lot more in one hour with a private teacher than one hour in music school. However, the teacher can only be your guide and the hard work has to be done by you wink I mean, you can only benefit from private lessons if you're willing to work. If not it's just a waist of money, imho.
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I do have private lessons. There is nobody in the lesson except the teacher and me so in other words, although I go to a school, it is a private lesson.

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#2115583 - 07/10/13 08:55 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
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Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: adultpianist
I do not see how a change of location would affect my tuition in any way.


You Don't ?


If I were giving lessons, I would certainly charge more if I had to go to the student's location instead of having the student come to my location. It costs me money to travel and it takes my time to travel. Those things are not free.
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#2115616 - 07/10/13 10:30 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
BrainCramp Offline
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Registered: 04/09/12
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: adultpianist

I do not see how a change of location would affect my tuition in any way.

There might be some confusion here. I think adultpianist, being British, is using the word "tuition" to mean "education" or "learning". Americans generally only use "tuition" to mean the "fee" or "price" for the education.

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#2115629 - 07/10/13 11:23 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
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Originally Posted By: adultpianist
I do not see how a change of location would affect my tuition in any way.

Any thoughts?


One significant benefit of traveling for your lesson is that you'll experience an instrument other than your own. Unlike most musicians, pianists who wish to perform must learn to adapt themselves to different instruments, since ours aren't generally very portable.

I get very "context locked" to the feel and environment of my home piano, and if I didn't have to wrestle with my teacher's grand once a week, I'd probably be even less prepared for the occasional performances I give.
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#2115645 - 07/10/13 11:57 AM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
PianoStudent88 Offline
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Whizbang, adultpianist has said that the school uses the same digital piano that she has. There still might be some advantage to playing weekly in different surroundings, but perhaps not as dramatic as if there were also a different piano.

I understand the use of digital pianos in group classes, but I wonder about a school that uses digital pianos for individual lessons. However adultpianist is happy with her lessons, so this is not the sticking point for her that it would be for me.

adultpianist, you say you don't know if there is a different fee for at-home lessons compared to at-school lessons. That would be something to find out.
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#2115670 - 07/10/13 12:50 PM Re: Learning at home [Re: adultpianist]
Sweet06 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/13
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if its the same price/same piano i'd totally do the lessons at home. I can't imagine a teacher wouldn't charge more for going to your house tho, seems like a lot of extra work/gas/time
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