Ideal number of classes per week?
I am in the process of looking for alternatives to my current study program. Right now I meet my teacher once per week in a 1 hour class and I practice 3 hours daily. 1 hour for scales and etudes, 1 hour and a half for the pieces (or etudes) my teacher asks me to study and last half an hour for free and fun play, to relax. I would like to ask the teachers in V.com if it would make sense to switch some of that practice to a daily class or if daily would be too much and, in that case, what number of classes and hours do you think is more effective. My level is beginner, we are using the Suzuki books and we are in the middle of the second book.
One lesson a week is the standard and you are doing an impressive amount of practicing, especially for a beginner. Assuming you are practicing correctly based on your weekly instruction, I don't see an advantage to making a change.
I'm no teacher but also a beginner. I once tried 2 weeks of daily lessons for at least 1 hour each day and that burnt me out. I'll personally cap out at 3x a week. Having lessons more than once a week definitely helped me speed up learning though! I just need at least a day in between each lesson to incorporate what I learned. Everyone learns differently though so I'd say just try out increasing it and see how you feel. You can also try different variations of how many days each week and hours per day. Can always adjust it :)
Part of your issue is your teacher, yes, who you noted was unhelpful on a previous thread? (
I second Lydia's advice on twice a week lessons if you can get. Again, I'm not a teacher. I had two 30min/week lessons when I first returned to violin and I found it was very effective and this is why: when you have more frequent lessons, you have less chance to keep doing things that aren't correct, which happens to most of us, especially when we start learning the violin. That said, you may have some difficulty working/communicating with your current teacher. This could be a way to see if a new door can open to you if you suggest to your current teacher that you'd like to have more frequent but shorter lessons so that you can be direct and redirect in a more timely manner. Not many teacher will agree to that because it'll mess up their schedule, but it never hurt to ask. Meanwhile, look around and find someone else whom might work with you better.
Thank you all!
Carlos, I don't think two different teachers will work very well unless the other teacher is someone that your current teacher knows well and recommends. Otherwise it can be very confusing due to conflicting methodologies and teaching styles, etc. Keep in mind, violin lessons are more like apprenticeship. You are better to follow one "master"/"guru" during each learning period than have two, right?
100% agree with Yixi. One teacher unless the 2nd teacher is a direct recommendation of the first, in which case you're in more of a teaching assistant situation. If your current one is unsatisfactory, try to find someone more suited.
My 2 weeks of daily lessons was taught by two different teachers. I would prefer just one like others have said due to conflicting styles like Yixi said. I did it because no teacher was available to teach me everyday. Prior to that though Ive already had 10 lessons here in the U.S. so I have a baseline and if I notice a difference I would point out and ask.
I have gone to 2 lessons per week, and it helps, but you really have to be on top of your practice, which it sounds like you are. I think Yixi put it really well.
If student and teacher are in agreement on two lessons a week, then I see no problem with it. You do, however, need to learn how to notice when your posture is slumping, when your hands are not in the right place, etc. My "teacher" during the week is the mirror or some type of recording device.
Imho, There are very few instances in which multiple coaches/teachers would be viewed as anything less than insulting or as opening the door to confusion and contradiction. If possible, have the guided practice coach be a former student of your teacher.
When I first picked up the violin again I did two lessons weekly....a) because my time to dedicate to practice justified it....and b)....due to all the time I had to dedicate I did not want to reinforce bad habits I may have accidentally started between the one week lesson.
Thank you all for the suggestion. I have clear now that I will do 2 classes per week but not immediatly. I have to leave soon for a couple of weeks and when I come back I need to rearrange all my non-work activities, not only violin, and see where and when I do what.