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#2053437 - 03/24/13 12:04 PM Lesson Intervals
AmandaJ Offline
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Registered: 12/10/11
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So I realize that weekly lessons are the norm. However I can't pay for weekly lessons for myself, and my son. I prefer to pay for him. So I'm thinking monthly lessons are more in line with what I can afford. I'm curious if anyone here has done that or has experience with either monthly or bi weekly lessons.

Motivation for practicing is not a problem. I feel I need focus from a teacher on what to practice, along with working on my technique, and increasing my theory knowledge. I've lost alot of theory knowledge since lessons in high school stopped.

I want to do the exams for whichever level is applicable to me. I need a teacher to assess that as well. I want pieces in line with the applicable level, as well as assistance in how to learn and improve different pieces I'm working on.

So looking for opinions on whether or not monthly lessons would work or would be feasable

Edited by AmandaJ (03/24/13 12:06 PM)

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#2053533 - 03/24/13 03:03 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: AmandaJ]
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Registered: 08/28/12
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Loc: Europe (Northern Spain)
I have had my first lesson yesterday! Hurra!

I am in the same boat as you, and needed to search for a while to find a _good_ teacher. A good teacher who is not only well known to more frequently than other teachers have successfull students, but to be even good to understand that adults with family and low money need a special flexibility in the time planning. I asked for every 14-days 1 hour lesson, and the answer was: of course, because it wouldn´t make sense to teach me if I haven´t got time to fullfill my homeworks. So, my teacher did not see any problem in lessons which are not weekly, but encouraged me to in my case better go for the every 14-days classes instead of weekly classes. And my teacher for sure does not teach anymore because of any needs to earn even more money. My teacher now only teaches because loves to teach. I want to say, the offer was not made like this for not losing me as a paying stundent, but purely because the chemistry between us appeared to be the correct one for a longer lasting yourney.

Just speak with your teacher and consider to also ask for every 14 days receiving a 1/2 hour class instead of every month a 1 hour class.

Sell me an upright piano!
I am searching for a Sauter, or alike in quality and tonal dynamics.
Would need to be a very(!) good offer for a new one,
or more realistic the offer of an used one.

#2053544 - 03/24/13 03:43 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: AmandaJ]
torquenale Offline
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Registered: 12/29/12
Posts: 565
Loc: Italy
Last year I started taking piano lesson (non completely beginner, I had lessons as a teen): weekly, 45 minutes each.
It was a bit... too much for me; I have a job (almost full time) and two children (and my husband works abroad so he can "contribute" only in week-ends), so not much time to practice. And at work sometimes I have several crazy weeks in a row (January and February, usually). It was frustrating to have lesson and feel that no improvement has been done.
This year I switched to bi-weekly 1 hour lessons and found that it works really better for me. As adults, I think we are more motivated and more able to plan our practice, we practice because we like it and not only because we are given a homework by the teacher. So, I can wholeheartedly advise biweekly lesson; maybe only one lesson in a month would not be enough because the teacher's feedback is really important.

#2053551 - 03/24/13 03:57 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: AmandaJ]
AmandaJ Offline
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Registered: 12/10/11
Posts: 37
torquenale I also have a full time job and two children - oldest is 6.5. Plus I'm training for a marathon lol. So Quite busy. I decided to post an ad and see if anyone replies as well replied to a couple to feel out their thoughts as well. I could probably swing an hour bi weekly.

Ideally financially it'd be monthly, but I'm hesitant because of what you said as well needing more feedback, more often

#2053600 - 03/24/13 05:25 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: AmandaJ]
4evrBeginR Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
I had monthly lessons in the beginning. I also have children with weekly lessons, so I'm completely with you on the issue of costs.

I found that the monthly lessons were helpful, but the length between lessons were a bit long, and there is a tendency to practice something wrong for a long time before correction. My personal experience is that bi-weekly hour-long lessons are the most optimal for me. As a busy adult with family we have a lot of other things to do then to practice 2-3 hours a day, which is necessary to make sufficient progress for weekly lessons to maximize the costs. However, as it is difficult to find a teacher willing to go for bi-weekly lessons, I am now on weekly lessons plan. I would say my speed of progress is exactly half of that of my children, so I really don't need weekly lessons, but I also understand it is difficult for a teacher to reserve a weekly timeslot for someone showing up half the time.

Bottom line, any lesson time is helpful. If you can only afford one lesson per month or every two months, go for it. You should schedule a longer lesson though, as I found my teacher had completely forgotten what I was doing and my problem areas when the lessons were far apart. That is the single benefit of weekly lessons. Over time, your teacher begin to know you better than you know yourself after a few years.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

#2053605 - 03/24/13 05:34 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: Wuffski]
4evrBeginR Offline
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: Marco M
My teacher now only teaches because loves to teach. I want to say, the offer was not made like this for not losing me as a paying stundent, but purely because the chemistry between us appeared to be the correct one for a longer lasting yourney.

Yes, this is a good point. If you are able to find an older teacher who is no longer teaching 40 students a week, you will find more flexibility than a younger teacher who is in their prime earning years needing to fill very open slot.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

#2054296 - 03/25/13 10:40 PM Re: Lesson Intervals [Re: AmandaJ]
joyoussong Offline
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Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 774
Loc: Canada
My current teacher is a student, & between my erratic schedule & his, we usually manage a lesson every 2nd week. I had a similar arrangement with my first teacher. But I've recently started feeling that 2 weeks between lessons is a bit too long, so if it works for my teacher, I may try for every week during the summer when I'll have more time.
(Started playing July 2008)


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