Private Music Lessons

Many students wonder what it will be like when they take private music lessons. Having a little understanding always makes that first lesson more comfortable….So I’ve written this post to show you exactly how effective music lessons work best. Even if you’ve already taken many music lessons, this article should help you better understand the process and maximize your learning. Read on to learn what an ideal private music lesson looks like, what will happen during the lesson, and what you’ll need to do at home.  

There are many elements to an excellent music lesson, but here we will focus on the framework, the big picture. This framework is the cycle of learning, and it guarantees great results.

–Note that most music schools and music teachers do not work this way because they are not normally licensed or trained. This is because there are no real private music teacher training programs. However, at Sage Music, we seek to change this culture. We train all our teachers in the cycle of learning and the best teaching methods so that all of our students get quality lessons – all the time. Simply, we invest in them so that they can invenst in you.

The cycle of music learning

The cycle of learning is a three step process that is the basis for excellent music learning. It ensures that you are making steady progress toward your goals, without being overwhelmed. Understanding this process will show you what to expect from a great lesson, from your teacher, and from the school you work with.

Step 1. The teacher provides information

When you come to a lesson, you will be asked to accomplish something. This is called the “aim”. Your teacher should clearly define the aim so you understand it. It should be able to be accomplished in one lesson. If not, you should know how it will be accomplished over a longer period of time.

Your teacher should give you only the information necessary to accomplish that aim.  Anything less and you won’t be able to accomplish the aim. Anything more and you’ll be overwhelmed. A professional teacher knows how to get this right.

Step 2: You achieve the aim in the lesson

Your instructor will teach you how to accomplish this aim. Your job it to accomplish it in the lesson. Your teacher will supervise you to ensure you are doing it correctly during the lesson. Your teacher will also provide feedback and help you when needed.

Step 3: You will form habits through regular practice at home

After you have accomplished the aim in the lesson, you’ll practice it at home to form a secure habit. This is done through accurate and deliberate practice.

When you come to your next lesson, your teacher will check the habit. If it is well formed you’ll get the next set of information and aims.

That’s it! It’s a very easy process. When you follow these steps in the cycle of learning, you’ll achieve excellent progress! But as they say, it takes a village….  So your teacher and your music school will also have some responsibilities to help you progress. Let’s take a look at what each person needs to do.

Your teacher’s responsibility

Your music teacher’s job is to project a positive and supportive attitude, and to evaluate your work. She should provide you with the right information and clearly defined aims. Your teacher should also plan a route to help you achieve your personal goals.

Your responsibility as a student

Your job is to trust the music teacher and his advice. You should take good notes, writing down the information and aims so you don’t forget them.  Then you should apply it as directed during your music lessons. Lastly, you’ll practice at home to form secure habits.

Parent’s responsibility (if the student is a child)

Parents should be involved if the student is a child. But the parent’s role varies with the age and ability each student. A parent’s primary responsibility is to ensure that the student practices. The parent, however, doesn’t need to be directly involved in the practice.  

If the teacher has formulated the aims well for the student, the student should be able to accomplish them without direct supervision. Although, the child might need some encouragement to practice.


Learning an instrument takes much time and effort. Your progress will show over weeks, months, and years of practice. Be patient, the results will be great! Follow this simple process and I guarantee that you can make excellent progress no matter your age, background or ability.

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