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Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? #2787517
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At the moment I take one 30 minute piano lesson a week, but with me getting more serious about playing the piano I suggested that I take an hour long lesson a week to my teacher. She asked me if I wanted to take one hour long lesson, or two 30 minute long lessons per week. What would you do in my situation? Any advice about which option you think is better? Thank you.

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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2787520
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How's your attention span and how much travel time is involved?


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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2787526
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My attention span is relatively well, especially in a musical environment, and the drive to my lessons is about 8-15 minutes away from my home.

Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2787541
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I would think the two 30 minute lessons would be more productive, but I'm on the outside looking in. You could spend more time practicing what you went over in the 30 minute lesson.

Why not give both options a try to see what works best.

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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2787575
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I take a 1 hour lesson once a week and find that very productive . I am usually sent home with more that enough instructions to keep me busy for the following week. Having lessons twice a week would mean having only 3 days of practice between some lessons. That definitely wouldn't be enough time for me to make any improvement. You might be different, and in that case twice per week might be ideal.


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This might get better response in the Adult Beginners forum.


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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Rickster] #2787646
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Originally Posted by Rickster
I would think the two 30 minute lessons would be more productive, but I'm on the outside looking in. You could spend more time practicing what you went over in the 30 minute lesson.

Why not give both options a try to see what works best.

Good luck!

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+1 thumb Two 30 minutes lessons would be better imo, but try both is great advice.


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One hour, once a week. I don't make enough progress in three days to make a lesson worthwhile. The lesson would end up being supervised practice. Whether your lesson was 30 min or 60 min, the same amount of time would get nibbled off the beginning and end of the lesson with greetings, getting settled in, packing up, etc., thus making the 60 min lesson a more efficient use of lesson time (and travel time as well).


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Increasing to 1 lesson for 60 min, you keep the same travel time and transition time but you get to dig in a little deeper in the lesson time.

I guess if your schedule is wide open, and you want more structured activities during the week, two lessons could make sense, but my calendar is usually packed with appointments every day from about 8:00am to 6:00pm and adding one more thing wouldn't be a happy situation.


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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Stubbie] #2788606
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Originally Posted by Stubbie
One hour, once a week. I don't make enough progress in three days to make a lesson worthwhile. The lesson would end up being supervised practice. Whether your lesson was 30 min or 60 min, the same amount of time would get nibbled off the beginning and end of the lesson with greetings, getting settled in, packing up, etc., thus making the 60 min lesson a more efficient use of lesson time (and travel time as well).

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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2788872
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I used to get significant homework after my lessons and I hate commute time, so I’d prefer one session to two short sessions. For many folks, they can focus better for 30 minutes than a whole hour so the split option could be better.


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I vote strongly for 2x30 minutes. If the teacher corrects your mistakes twice a week, you will learn a lot less wrong notes and bad habits.

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There might be a compromise- how about two 45 minute lessons? Just a thought...


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Originally Posted by Iaroslav Vasiliev
I vote strongly for 2x30 minutes. If the teacher corrects your mistakes twice a week, you will learn a lot less wrong notes and bad habits.

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Originally Posted by malkin
Increasing to 1 lesson for 60 min, you keep the same travel time and transition time but you get to dig in a little deeper in the lesson time.


There's a lot to be said for a longer lesson. In a mere 30 mins, you'll have just settled-in, warmed up, got going and, then, it's all over. A longer lesson should, hopefully, mean a better learning experience - more detailed, more intense - putting you under more scrutiny from your teacher.

If you were a child, beginner, etc, then 30 mins would work well. You say you're 'getting more serious about playing the piano'. Therefore opting for a longer lesson will be be more beneficial.

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Originally Posted by precise
If you were a child, beginner, etc, then 30 mins would work well. You say you're 'getting more serious about playing the piano'. Therefore opting for a longer lesson will be be more beneficial.

In fact, I find it difficult to cover everything that should be covered in my teacher's lessons in just 1 hr. I should consider going to 2 hour-long lessons a week myself, or maybe 2 45-min-long lessons. 1 hr starts to be constraining. I can hardly imagine what it is possible to accomplish in a 30 min lesson.


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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2789079
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop
In fact, I find it difficult to cover everything that should be covered in my teacher's lessons in just 1 hr. I should consider going to 2 hour-long lessons a week myself, or maybe 2 45-min-long lessons. 1 hr starts to be constraining. I can hardly imagine what it is possible to accomplish in a 30 min lesson.


Absolutely. For some reason, when I was a student, the 'magic' number was 90: So, a 90min lesson. Not toooooo long, and certainly not short. That said, lessons sometimes used to go on for 3 or even 4 hours. Draining, but extremely detailed and beneficial. smile

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Re: Stuck Between Two Lesson Options, Any Thoughts? [Re: Aydan] #2789131
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I like to make a little progress between lessons, so twice a week would not give me enough practice time...

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Originally Posted by Sam S
I like to make a little progress between lessons, so twice a week would not give me enough practice time...

Because I had to reschedule a lesson, I'm having two 1-hour lessons next week. I'll be assessing whether there is there is enough time to practice in-between for me and if this is workable in case I want more lessons at some future point, and my teacher has enough time for that.

That said, I don't know how Deb could do 4 hrs of music lessons a week. I know that would definitely not give me enough prep time between lessons. No way.


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