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Why the partial-hour lesson?
#1464454 06/28/10 02:40 PM
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Hi everyone,

I have an innocent question that may seem obvious to you. I'm looking for a piano teacher now, and often I encounter three different lesson lengths. The half hour, the 45 minute and the full hour.

I've taken many music lessons before in college, and they always last the full hour. What is the advantage of a half hour lesson? What can you possibly learn in such a small time, especially since the beginning of the lesson is usually repeating scales and playing the assigned piece.

But since the different lesson lengths is so common, I feel maybe I'm overlooking something. Is it that some rather have 4 1-hour lessons, while others want 8 1/2-hour lessons? Are the half hour more geared towards children? Is it the an elastic pricing model that discriminates towards different demand levels of consumers?

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curtis

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curtisrollo #1464460 06/28/10 02:50 PM
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Cost-conscious parents like the half-lesson. Many younger kids lack the attention span for an hour lesson, sometimes fifteen minutes is all they can do.

I think a full hour is far preferable, especially for a grown-up student.


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Jeff Clef #1464481 06/28/10 03:28 PM
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As Jeff Clef suggests, it's not only a question of finances for some parents, but it's also the limited attention span of some younger students that calls for shorter lessons.

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BruceD #1464501 06/28/10 04:15 PM
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It's hard for a new student to concentrate for an hour due to the immense amount of information that is being processed. A shorter period is more manageable.

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PlebiousPianist #1464532 06/28/10 04:59 PM
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Curtis, you might try posting your question in the Piano Teachers Forum to get their views.

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I have a 1 hour lesson every Monday and a 1 hour lesson every Thursday however they never last 1 hour. Normally they can last up to 2 hours depending on what we are doing. Last night was particularly short at 1 hour and 15 minutes as we were working on a new piece which happened to make me brain dead pretty quickly so we stopped.

Lucky for me she only ever charges me for the hour. What I am trying to say is that in my opinion 1 hour for an adult really is the absolute minimum that you should consider.

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what nonsense is uttered here, I give some pupils half an hour lessons because that's all they can take, others officially one hour and to the second, and others one our and that can go into double the time because we/they just need it, all depends, time is a killjoy, no financial factor..


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