Why Take Private Lessons
- The more students that take private lessons in an ensemble, the better the ensemble typically sounds. In the state of Texas, many school ensembles have at least 75% of the members taking private lessons, and in Carmel, Indiana, there is one ensemble where 95% of the members take private lessons from competent teachers, and they have received hundreds of awards for their musicianship.
- Private lessons will reduce or eliminate frustration for students, and give them confidence in their playing. For less advanced students, it means students can receive much more attention to solving the difficulties they are having than most school music teachers have, and often means the difference between sticking with an instrument and giving up. For advanced students, it means that they do not have to wait for other students to catch up, and can forge ahead by learning new studies and repertoire.
- Students taking private lessons often hold the principal chair in their section.
- Private teachers can nip minor playing problems that are developing in student’s early instrumental instruction before they become much more challenging to overcome.
- Private instruction is when a student is able to work one-on-one with a professional musician, the private teacher is able to work more in depth with the student on their instrument. Students will get help with developing a more professional tone on the instrument, fundamentals of playing their instrument correctly with better technique and help with a set of goals that will help your student excel on their instrument. Of course, the student must do their part and practice the lessons and assignments that the private teacher gives to the student.