Part 4: How Do I Find Time for Music Lessons?
When do you have time to take a music lesson each week?
If you have reached this point in our series, chances are you are serious about pursuing music lessons. Perhaps you have even decided on an instrument to learn and a style of music you want to be able to play. Next, you’ll need to think about what times would be convenient for you to schedule a music lesson each week.
We all have busy lives.
Between work, school, travel, family and social commitments, and our children’s various extracurriculars, most of us have full lives and busy schedules. You might already be asking yourself, “How will I make time for music lessons? What if I can’t find a teacher at a time that is convenient for me? How much of a weekly time commitment will music lessons be? Do I need to travel to music lessons or can I do them at home?” Perhaps we can help you find the answers to these questions.
How much time will a music lesson require?
In order to fit music lessons into your schedule in the way that’s easiest for you, it might help to know how much time per week you will likely need to spend on them. A typical music lesson through an in-home music-lessons provider such as Courtnay and Rowe Music Academy lasts 45 minutes. Since the music teacher comes to your home for lessons, you will not need to consider travel time to and from music lessons, which can save you time and be much more convenient!
What about practice time outside lessons?
This is a question that most of us are less likely to consider at the beginning, but it is an important one. The amount of time a student spends practicing is frequently influenced by how much time is available in their schedule, but practice time, unlike lesson time, is something the student must put in on their own initiative. This is often easier for students who are excited about learning music, and is one reason our teachers at Courtnay and Rowe care very much about encouraging students to enjoy learning and playing music. For young students, it is also beneficial to have parents who are interested in their child’s musical progress, who encourage them in their learning and remind them to practice.
How much time should I spend practicing music?
The amount of time you spend practicing will significantly influence the speed at which you make progress in your chosen instrument. A student who does not practice at all, except during lessons, will progress much more slowly than a student who practices for an hour every day. That being said, we understand that not everyone has that much time in their schedule, and often very young students cannot focus well for a long time. For 4-7 year-olds, just 10-15 minutes of practice time every day can help them develop good practice habits without overwhelming them. For older and more advanced students who want to progress at a good pace, 30-60 minutes of daily practice is a reasonable expectation. Of course, practice time is linked to how fast or slowly you can expect to make progress in your instrument, but music lessons can still be beneficial and fun even if you do not have that much time to commit to practicing!
So, how do you make all this work with your schedule?
To summarize, here are a few tips for working music lessons into your busy schedule in the easiest way:
- Find a music lessons provider that offers lessons on all days of the week, including weekends, and at a variety of times of day. This will give you a broad range of choices for your lesson time, which will make it easier to find a day and time that is convenient for you.
- If you have a lot of other activities going on during the week besides music lessons, figure out what a reasonable practice time commitment will be for you, and communicate that to your teacher. This will ensure that you are both on the same page, and will help your teacher know at what pace you expect to progress.
- Find a music lessons provider that offers a simple and consistent makeup policy and the option for online lessons. That way, if you are traveling, you may still be able to take your lesson online. A simple makeup policy will allow you to make up for occasional missed lessons without too much confusion.
- Find a music lessons provider that offers lessons in your home. This will save you travel time to and from lessons, and if your child is taking lessons, you will have the convenience of being at home and able to do other things during that time. Courtnay and Rowe Music Academy offers in-home lessons at various times on all days of the week. Consider having one of our teachers come to you for lessons!