Which Choice Is Right For You
As an experienced music teacher, as well having two decades under my belt as a pianist, this is a question that seems to be making more and more of an appearance; is it best to take professional music lessons with a teacher, or should I learn at home myself?
The truth is that there is no correct answer! Whether professional lessons or learning at home is the best choice depends on your personal factors. So let’s first take a look at why this question is becoming so common, then we’ll help you understand the factors to take into consideration when making your choice. Ready to get started? Great!
Why Are More And More People Considering Learning A Musical Instrument At Home Instead Of Taking Lessons In The Classroom?
To understand the answer to this we need to rewind a decade or two (if you are old enough to do that!) Our world was a lot less virtual and a lot more hands on. In general, if a person wanted to learn a musical instrument there was only one real choice; find the best New York City singing lessons and attend the sessions. In fact, even in the quest to find a music teacher, it was word-of-mouth, newspaper advertisements or notice boards at your local music store that furnished the answer.
How have things changed? Nowadays it seems that Google has the answer for everything! Even if you have decided to go down the traditional classroom approach to learning, you are likely going to turn to Google for your choice of teachers in the locality.
However, the online world has also managed to immerse itself in the role of becoming a teacher fully. Online lessons, online learning materials, as well as an abundance of self-teach books which can be ordered online, are all available at the click of a mouse.
This transition into the virtual world has meant that the venture to become a musician now has two routes; the traditional classroom journey, or the learn-at-home path. This leads us perfectly to our next question.
What Factors Should I Take Into Consideration When Deciding Whether Learn Music With A Teacher Or At Home?
Despite my experience as a ‘physical’ piano teacher, I still see some advantages to the learn-at-home option. So here comes my honest (and fair) opinion on each choice.
Traditional Music Lessons In The Classroom
Opting to take your journey via the traditional route comes with some great advantages. I’ve outlined a few of the main ones below:
Lower Risk Of Injury Or Repetitive Strain Injury
As music teachers, we are quick to notice a bad habit or poor musical posture. Such problems may not initially raise any major issues, however over time; they can result in injury and pain. Choosing a classroom approach helps you to identify such matters before they become a real problem.
Your Motivation Level May Be Higher
If you are someone who performs better when under pressure, when you have a deadline to meet, or when you are answerable to someone else, then the traditional approach can help you to develop quickly. Knowing that you have a classroom lesson can motivate you to practice, even when you don’t feel like it!
Musical Rapport and Possible Exams
Most music teachers are willing to help students prepare for exams, and they tend to know exactly what the examiners are looking for. If you wish to take exams during your musical journey, choosing a classroom teacher will come with many advantages.
Also, music is one of the life’s beautiful gifts and having the possibility to develop a rapport and relationship with an experienced musician can certainly make that gift more precious.
Learn-At-Home Music Lessons
We’ve looked at the advantages of choosing the classroom approach, so now it’s time to allow the learn-at-home method to step into the limelight. Here come some of the top advantages:
It Tends To Be More Cost-Effective
Music lessons in New York City with a traditional teacher are not cheap. In fact, the monthly expense of taking weekly lessons can be rather steep. If you are an aspiring musician who would struggle to keep up with payments with a classroom teacher, then choose a reputable study course or other learn-at-home method may be a much better choice.
Learning Is On Your Terms
For some beginner musicians, the teacher’s approach, as well as a choice of materials can deflate their enthusiasm for music, rather than inspire it. Choosing to learn at home allows you to choose a course type, music style, and pace that you are comfortable with.
So my dear fellow musicians, deciding which route to choose for your musical journey is not an easy feat. However, by taking into account your personal situation and considering the advantages noted above, you should be well on the way to making progress in the right direction.