How Often Should You Do Piano Lessons?
Typically students take piano classes once a week.
If that’s all you wanted to know, then thanks for reading.
But if you just give me a minute of your time, I’ll tell you why that’s often not the best way to go.
I myself believe the best approach to answer this question is to look at the best of the best and see how often they took piano lessons.
Some of the best pianists in the olden times, likely had lessons on a day-to-day basis. We will frequently find that key authors and pianists came from a musical family and their first tutors were often one of their parents. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven just to name a few had parents who were musicians and probably gave them day-to-day lessons.
Piano Training is NOT Sufficient
This is how weekly piano lessons should work. The piano teacher listens to what the student practiced in the previous week. The tutor would then provide recommendations on how to improve or teach new concepts to improve the new pianist both technically and musically. From there, they may add some training tips and suggestions on what and how to train in the following week. The student would then rehearse for a week according to the trainers suggestions and this would continue from week to week.
Sadly this is very rarely the way classes happen. This all assumes one very vital thing. That the student in fact trained. Sadly more often than not the trainer will come to a lesson only to discover that the student did not practice. Oh no! What does the tutor do now? Train with the student of course!
That’s what takes place if the student just did not train, but sadly even if the student DID train this could still be the result. Why? Because piano practicing is difficult.
Why Piano Classes is Difficult
Let’s think about what we’re requesting young children, perhaps as young as 5, to do. The best way to practice is to take out all distractions sit down at the piano and sort out on segments of music that the student cannot so far play.
Playing from the start of a presentation is more often than not an inefficient use of time. Playing a minor section bit by bit and correctly is often a requirement of good train. Then repeating it over and over and over. Then they would need to trace a different minor section they are not contented with and do it once more.
I’m over making things easier here, but the point is to assist us understand how difficult that is. How long should rehearse be? I would be happy with 15 minutes from a young child and thirty minutes from an older child. How many five year olds do you know that could concentrate well for fifteen minutes without getting distracted. Or even better, how many adults do you know that could do the same?
And yet piano teachers anticipate that kind of rehearsal every week from their students. Realistically it is seldom if ever going to happen that way. But an exciting thing occurs when the trainer is sitting there. You have the tutor leading the student telling them what they need to practice and how many times to repeat it. The tutors can put right bad habits and incorrect pose. These are things a young child, or even an adult would have a challenging time doing in a fixated way.
How Frequent Should Piano Practice Be?
For full effectiveness lessons should be held as often as feasible. If a student can afford lessons daily, they’ll advance many multiples earlier than a student taking lessons once a week. It’s as simple as that. Most of the lessons will be the tutor just practicing with the student. But that practice is absolutely priceless.
No not many of us can have enough money to take a lesson daily with their coach. Not only that, but not every person needs to become the next Mozart. So deciding how frequent to take lessons indeed varies on your objectives. Think about just what you’re looking for in lessons. Let’s outline some collective ambitions.
Objectives for Piano Practice
- Play one specific piece
- Play for my wedding
- Be able to play as a diversion
- Study serious as a lifelong pursuit
- Make it a job
If your ambitions for piano lessons is just to play one piece, clearly lessons day-to-day really aren’t wanted. You may really be capable to even learn on your own! A piano tutor will continually be supportive and make the music sound the best it can. If fund is a problem though, see if you can trace a lecture of the piece on YouTube. If you never desire to study anything else, then it matters a lot less whether you are playing absolutely correctly or not.
However this all changes if you want to, or you want your kid to take this really honestly. It doesn’t take place often, however I have a few students that would take an hour lesson three days a week, and then another hour of music concept for a total of 4 hours a week of lessons. These students are at all times the top.
You become what you put in. If you don’t take lessons very honestly, you won’t get as much enjoyment out of lessons as if you put your full emotion into it. As a pianist I can tell you that the joy that comes from playing beautiful music is immeasurable. Don’t miss out!