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Home Piano Study?


Piano Study At Home

Love is friendship set to music. 


Jackson Pollock

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In this day and age, parents have assorted choices to fulfill their student's piano education goals, which include: an experienced private piano instructor (located at a teacher's studio or at your home); local music school or national franchises (private organizations); and even online lessons via Skype. What is the right choice?

Benefits

I recently polled teachers from around this country (and a few around the world). In this post I list some of the most frequent responses. For some people, home study can be a stellar learning experience. A parent and student may enjoy a more comfortable connection with the teacher. Parents can ask specific questions to the teacher and share concerns.

  • Communication
  • Efficiency
  • Flexibility
  • Convenience

Personal, one-on-one accountability occurs with the parent/student on all issues (with no 3rd party involved) which streamlines the communication process.

Things To Consider

Please note that costs for home study vary according to each teacher's experience and the lesson length. Busy parents appreciate that it is not their time and expense traveling to/from the lessons and buying a specific music book.

adult pianist in recital

In this day and age, parents have assorted options to fulfill their student's piano education goals: an experienced private piano instructor (located at a teacher's studio or at your home); local music school or national franchises (private organizations); and even online lessons via Skype. What is the right choice?

Is Home Study For You?


I recently polled teachers from around this country (and a few around the world), and in this post I list some of the most frequent responses.

Why People Choose It?

For some people, home study can be a stellar learning experience. A parent and student may enjoy a more comfortable connection with the teacher and share specific questions or concerns.

Rather than taking lessons in some room at a music store or dealing with an ‘established’ music school (if a non-credited teaching institution), the student is already in a quiet, familiar environment.

  • Communication
  • Efficiency
  • Convenience
  • Flexibility

Personal, one-on-one accountability occurs with the parent/student on all issues (with no 3rd party involved), which simplifies the process and enhances communication. Everyone benefits.

Things To Consider

Costs for home study vary according to each teacher's experience and their lesson length. Busy people do appreciate that it is not their time and expense traveling to/from the lessons and buying the correct music book.

Communication

Teachers shared that in home study, in a shorter length of time, a teacher can cultivate a personal connection with a student, which facilitates the learning process. With a few rules set up for structure, the student and teacher relationship can flourish.

Rather than taking lessons in some room at a music store or dealing with an ‘established’ music school, home lessons enable a more personal experience.

  • Weekly chats

    Weeky conversations with a parent before a lesson informs the teacher about any current week’s practice challenges.

  • Adult perspective

    Answers to specific questions about a student’s assignment that the student may not think of (or know to ask).

  • Focus on goals

    Feedback from the parent about what has been working, or not.

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For more than 30 years, Susan has taught classical piano classes for assorted organizations. Read more.

  • Private accredited music school (Dana Hall)
  • Undergraduate University (UAA)
  • Town of Weston Community Education
  • Private piano studio

Efficiency

Seeing the student's home practice environment saves time for everyone, especially the teacher and the student. Multiple siblings can schedule lessons for the same location.

Siblings can then observe the lessons (from afar) and appreciate the music study process before it’s their turn to start. If a parent studies, the student learns to value that. Piano study may then seem more like a valuable milestone in their growth, and not just something they have to do.

Flexibility

Flexibility in tailoring a teaching approach to the student: Perhaps combine a standard curriculum with customized supplemental resources for the student (such as, Broadway tunes or iPad music theory games).

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About The Author

For more than 30 years, Susan has taught classical piano classes for assorted organizations. Read more.

  • Private accredited music school (Dana Hall)
  • Undergraduate University (UAA)
  • Town of Weston Community Education
  • Private piano studio

Convenience

More than ever, children have many after school and weekend activities, particularly sports. With at home study, you aren’t wasting time in traffic or waiting in line for your student, along with other families, for an overly scheduled teacher or busy organization.

For a multi-child household, parents tend to prefer not to drag all the kids from place to place, from one activity to another. Everyone is in one place. Many parents find this quite helpful (a time-saver).


Is My Home Suitable For Lessons?

What can make private home piano lessons most effective? Set up an environment to allow the teacher/student relationship to thrive:

  • A parent (or adult guardian) must be present at the home. Teachers tend to require this for the safety and security of your home and the comfort of the student.

  • The student is at home, but the time is not their own (i.e., a home instructor is not a nanny).

  • A somewhat private area in your home or a set time when this can happen. A music lesson needs to be free from other typical distractions, such as loud music, vacuuming or young children wandering in and out of the room.

  • A parent (or adult guardian) must be present at the home. Consider this for the safety and security of your home (and the student). This can increase student focus as well.

Is My Home Suitable For Lessons?

What can make private home piano lessons most effective? Set up an environment to allow the teacher/student relationship to thrive:

  • Clearly communicate to the student the authority of the teacher during the piano lesson time. The student is at home, but the time is not their own (i.e., a home instructor is not a nanny).

  • A somewhat private area in your home or a set time when this can happen. A music lesson needs to be free from other typical distractions, such as loud music, vacuuming or young children wandering in and out of the room.

  • A parent (or adult guardian) must be present at the home. Consider this for the safety and security of your home (and the student). BTW, this can also  increase student focus.

Is My Home Suitable For Lessons?

What can make private home piano lessons most effective? Set up an environment to allow the teacher/student relationship to thrive:

  • Clearly communicate to the student the authority of the teacher during the piano lesson time. The student is at home, but the time is not their own (i.e., a home instructor is not a nanny).

  • A somewhat private area in your home or a set time when this can happen. A music lesson needs to be free from other typical distractions, such as loud music, vacuuming or young children wandering in and out of the room.

  • A parent (or adult guardian) must be present at the home. Consider this for the safety and security of your home (and the student). BTW, this can also  increase student focus.