Violin Lessons Length Which Is Best?
My teacher recently suggested that I might like 1 hour lessons instead of taking 1/2 hour lessons.
Monetarily this wouldn't change anything because it was suggested we could skip a week in between. Or I could opt for weekly 1 hour lessons which would be more expensive.
Which do you prefer or recommend and why? Have you had experience with both? Is there and advantage either way?
I would personally recommend weekly hour-long lessons if you can afford them. As a teacher, in an ideal world (not reality ;))I would have all beginning students for 1/2 hr. up to around Suzuki book 2 level (for students who are regular practicers) or book 4 (irregular practicers)when I would switch them to 45 min. lessons. More advanced students who practice regularly (1 hr. plus a day) or who play in several ensembles would have weekly 60 min. lessons. It can be very difficult to fit in the repertoire, scales, etudes, and other exercises needed by advanced students in only 30 min.
Depends on the age of the student and the stage they're at. In the case of an adult student if the teacher suggests a 1-hour lesson I'd say your teacher is of the opinion you're ready for it, so I'd say go for it. At that more advanced level having a fortnightly lesson is likely to be more productive, but that depends on the student.
If you are preparing more material during the week than can be covered in your lesson, it is time to move to a longer lesson.
If you have to choose between 1/2 hour a week and 1 hour every two weeks as you are considering atm, I'd stick with the 1/2 weekly.
Thank you Ingrid,Trevor and Mary.
Demian I missed your post. I can see the rationale behind your approach here. If I can swing it I'll probably do an hour each week.
I would recommend one hour per week if you can do it. You seem to be very motivated and half an hour is very short. It takes time to unpack the violin, tune etc. I usually teach my pupils one hour per week and if they are tight financially we just leave out a lesson occasionally.
Speaking for myself, in my own situation re: 1/2hr vs 1hr lessons and financial feasibility: if I could afford it, I would take weekly hour lessons.
Interesting--I very rarely upsell lesson lengths. Usually students propose them and I hem and haw before agreeing to it. I have to be convinced they'll have enough material and that they're practicing.
Thank you Vivien and Scott.
"I have calculated how much it cost me to learn one song in terms of training and it's expensive!"
Time standards are arbitrary at best. The real question is: How much have you learned and have to practice between lessons? If, in 30 minutes you have filled your practice schedule for the upcoming week, putting more on your schedule isn't productive and may even be demotivating. The use of time has a lot to do with your personality. While some can spend hours on delving into a single skill, others get bored in 15 minutes.
My daughter's teacher suggested moving her from 30 min to 45 and then to 60 at about the stages that I would have expected. Also, some teachers are in high demand and their schedules are full. So, if a student leaves, that's an opportunity to expand the lessons of others or to add a new student, and all of that has to be balanced carefully.
We can take heart, if we were into horses and owned one, the costs would be in the $500/month plus range for boarding/stabling alone, and then there are the riding lessons that rival the cost of violin lessons!
I'm 56 and started lessons just over a year and half ago. They began as 1 hour every (at my teacher's suggestion) 2 weeks. As mentioned in previous posts, there's setup and break down time and often some conservation when he arrives, which all takes a bit of practice time. I'm interested in learning music theory also, which apparently many adults are not, so some of the lesson time was devoted to that discussion which resulted in lessons quickly lasting longer than an hour. After a couple of times, the lessons stabilized into 1.5 hrs every 2 weeks and I simply pay him 1.5 times his hourly rate. This schedule gives me plenty of time to practice between lessons and I try to practice every day; we don't feel rushed and have time to cover whatever topic(s) are on the agenda; and it splits the difference in time/cost between 1/2 hour and hour weekly lessons. The length of the lesson and time between lessons may not work for children, but works great for me.
I'm thinking that one big reason to go for the hour-long is that your teacher feels it is the right thing, and there are probably reasons why your teacher feels it will be most effective.
I don’t think it is a “one size fits all ” kind of situation. It depends how much you practice a day and the level of rep you are working on.
I have a one-hour lesson every 4-6 weeks typically. If I tried to have a weekly lesson then I'd feel I hadn't had any chance to do any actual practice between lessons, between orchestra, chamber music and the rest of life. I learn in quite a self-directed way: my repertoire and etude choices, bowings, and fingerings are all my own.
Thank you all for the comments. I am hopeful this might help others as well.
For beginners within the first two years, half an hour per week, plus solfeggio and piano course if possible.
For the early levels; 1/2 hour. The technical part of a lesson is usually 1/2 hour. Most of my lessons are 45 min. If the student is working on long repertoire, like major concertos, it can go to 1 hour. I don't do alternate weeks, it's too complicated and we loose continuity. At my local university the lessons are 1/2 hour, which is never enough time at the intermediate levels. Meanwhile, the vocal lessons there are also 1/2 hour, which is adequate; warm-up, technique, then one song, which is usually about 3 min. long.
Hmm... a couple of cues you mentioned are that you called your teacher a “girl” in your last post, that you think of her as a friend, that you spend up to 10 minutes into the lesson and at the end of the lesson doing “essential” socializing. That means you are only getting 10 minutes, or 20 minutes max of lesson time if you limit the before and after to 5 minutes each. 10 to 20 minutes is the amount of lesson time that two and three year olds get because of their limited attention spans.
Sorry that was so long
I have been on hourly lessons with my teacher for about six years now. I found them too long at first and would have preferred 45 minutes, but now I prefer the hour, though I now go fortnightly instead of weekly.
Thank you all who commented
I think I would struggle with a 30 minute lesson. That feels like a very short period of time to settle in and learn something. When I was having lessons, then I would have an hour lesson per month, but that was for traditional music, so a different style of playing. Much of the lessons focused on skills which are intrinsic to traditional music playing, like learning to play by ear, and learning to add ornaments to the core melody.
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