How Often Should You Do Piano Classes?
Typically students take piano lessons once a week.
If that’s all you needed 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 personally consider the best way to response to this question is to look at the best of the best and see how often they took piano courses.
Some of the best pianists in the past, likely had lessons on a day-to-day basis. We will frequently find that main authors and pianists came from a musical experience and their earliest coaches were frequently one of their parents. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven just to name a few had parents who were musicians and likely gave them day-to-day lessons.
Piano Practice is NOT Enough
This is how weekly piano lessons ought to work. The piano teacher listens to what the student practiced in the previous week. The teacher would then provide ideas on how to get better or impart new ideas to improve the new pianist both technically and musically. From there, they may add some training tips and recommendations on what and how to rehearse in the succeeding week. The student would then rehearse for a week according to the coaches recommendations and this would continue from week to week.
Unfortunately this is very hardly the way lessons happen. This all assumes one very vital thing. That the student in fact trained. Sadly more often than not the coach will come to a lesson only to discover that the student did not train. Oh no! What does the teacher do now? Train with the student of course!
That’s what happens if the student just did not practice, but unfortunately even if the student DID practice this may still be the result. Why? Because piano practicing is challenging.
Why Piano Practice 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 eradicate all distractions sit down at the piano and sort out on segments of music that the student cannot yet play.
Playing from the start of a presentation is more often than not an unproductive use of time. Playing a minor segment slowly and correctly is often a condition of good train. Then repeating it over and over and over. Then they would want to pin point another minor segment they are not happy with and do it again.
I’m done making things easier here, but the fact is to help us know how tough that is. How long should train be? I would be pleased with fifteen minutes from a young child and thirty minutes from an older child. How many 5 year olds do you know that could concentrate well for 15 minutes without getting diverted. Or even better, how many adults do you know that could do the same?
And yet piano teachers anticipate that type of rehearsal every week from their students. Realistically it is rarely if ever going to happen that way. But an interesting thing occurs when the tutor 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 correct bad habits and incorrect stance. These are things a young child, or even an grown-up would have a difficult time doing in a focused way.
How Frequent Should Piano Lessons Be?
For full success lessons should be held as often as possible. If a student can afford lessons daily, they’ll develop many multiples quicker than a student taking lessons once a week. It’s as simple as that. Most of the lessons will be the coach just practicing with the student. But that practice is completely precious.
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 ambitions. Think about exactly what you’re looking for in lessons. Let’s define some common goals.
Goals for Piano Study
- Play one certain piece
- Play for my wedding
- Be able to play as a diversion
- Study serious as a lasting pursuit
- Make it a job
If your goal for piano lessons is just to play one piece, clearly lessons daily indeed aren’t wanted. You may actually be able to even learn on your own! A piano tutor will at all times be helpful and make the music sound the best it can. If budget is a problem though, see if you can discover a lesson of the piece on YouTube. If you never want to study anything different, then it matters a lot less whether you are playing absolutely right or not.
Although this all changes if you want to, or you desire your kid to take this indeed sincerely. It doesn’t occur frequently, but I have a few students that would take an hour lesson three days a week, and then another hour of music principle 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 whole spirit into it. As a pianist I can tell you that the happiness that arises from playing beautiful music is immeasurable. Don’t miss out!