How Often Should You Undertake Piano Classes?
Typically students take piano lessons once a week.
If that’s all you desired 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 think the best approach 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 olden times, likely had lessons on a daily basis. We will often find that key composers and pianists came from a musical background and their primary coaches were often one of their parents. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven just to name a few had parents who were musicians and likely gave them daily lessons.
Piano Rehearsal is NOT Adequate
This is how weekly piano lessons should work. The piano coach listens to what the student trained in the previous week. The teacher would then give suggestions on how to improve or teach new ideas to develop the young pianist both technically and musically. From there, they may add some practice tips and recommendations on what and how to rehearse in the succeeding week. The student would then rehearse for a week according to the trainers recommendations and this would continue from week to week.
Sadly this is very rarely the way classes happen. This all concludes one very important thing. That the student in fact rehearsed. Unfortunately more often than not the trainer will appear to a lesson only to discover that the student did not rehearse. Oh no! What does the coach do now? Rehearse with the student of course!
That’s what takes place if the student just did not train, but sadly even if the student DID rehearse this might still be the result. Why? Because piano practicing is difficult.
Why Piano Lessons is Challenging
Let’s think about what we’re requesting young children, perhaps as young as 5, to do. The best way to practice is to eliminate all diversions sit down at the piano and sort out on segments of music that the student cannot yet play.
Playing from the beginning of a piece is more often than not an inefficient use of time. Playing a minor section gradually and correctly is often a condition of good train. Then recapping it over and over and over. Then they would need to trace another small segment they are not contented with and do it once again.
I’m done simplifying here, but the point is to help us realise how tough that is. How long should practice be? I would be happy with fifteen minutes from a young child and thirty minutes from an elder child. How many five year olds do you know that could concentrate effectively for fifteen minutes without getting unfocused. Or even better, how many adults do you know that could do the same?
And yet piano coaches anticipate that style of practice 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 trainer leading the student telling them what they need to train and how many times to repeat it. The tutors can put right bad habits and improper stance. These are things a young child, or even an adult would have a challenging time doing in a fixated way.
How Often Should Piano Study Be?
For full success lessons should be held as frequent as feasible. If a student can afford lessons day-to-day, they’ll progress many multiples quicker than a student having lessons once a week. It’s as easy as that. Most of the lessons will be the teacher just practicing with the student. But that rehearse 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 often to take lessons indeed varies on your ambitions. Think about just what you’re looking for in lessons. Let’s define some common objectives.
Objectives for Piano Learning
- Play one specific piece
- Play for my wedding
- Be able to play as a hobby
- Study serious as a lasting pursuit
- Make it a business
If your objective for piano lessons is just to play one piece, clearly lessons daily really aren’t needed. You may actually be able to even learn on your own! A piano trainer will at all times be helpful and create the music sound the best it can. If budget is an issue though, see if you can discover a tutorial of the piece on YouTube. If you never desire to study anything new, then it matters a lot less whether you are playing absolutely accurately or not.
Although this all changes if you desire to, or you want your child to take this indeed sincerely. It doesn’t happen often, but I have a few students that would take an hour lesson three days a week, and then extra hour of music principle for a total of four 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 seriously, you won’t get as much satisfaction out of lessons as if you put your whole heart into it. As a pianist I can tell you that the joy that comes from playing mesmerising music is boundless. Don’t miss out!