Taking music lessons is one of the best ways to quickly learn how to play a musical instrument.  Your music teacher will help you with all aspects of your playing.

But, it’s important to choose the right music teacher.

Never choose a music teacher who will teach you in your home.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are several advantages of having a teacher come to you: you don’t have to pack up your instrument and leave the house, you won’t waste any of your time in traffic traveling to your music lesson, you’re comfortable playing in your own space, and it’s just more convenient overall.

Unfortunately, having lessons in your own home is a bad idea.  Here’s why:

–Teachers who will travel to their students are usually the least established teachers in their area.  They have less experience than other music teachers.  They are traveling to you because they have to.  More well-known teachers have their own teaching studios.

–It’s impossible for a music teacher to have all of their best teaching materials with them when they travel to see students.  If a specific issue comes up during a lesson in your home, your music teacher won’t have access to the files, books, and other materials that are almost always available in a teaching studio.

–In your own space, it is easy to be distracted by phone calls, emails, children, roommates, spouses, pets, even unfinished housework.  And, if you get hungry or thirsty, it’s too easy to take a break to grab a snack.

–You’ll take your music lessons less seriously than if you have to go to your teacher’s studio.  Staying at home for a lesson doesn’t feel that different from a practice session.  Hauling your instrument, music, and accessories to your lessons forces you to take the lesson process seriously.

–In a music teacher’s studio, you are there for one purpose only: to learn music.  You won’t think about everything else going on in your life.  You’ll be totally focused.  It’s a lot like going to the gym.  People COULD exercise at home, but they just don’t do it.  Traveling to a specific location that is uniquely designed to help you improve your playing is best for you.

–You’ll learn less at home.  The combination of distractions and being just a bit too comfortable makes music students pay less attention during lessons in their homes.  The convenience of staying at home actually works against you.

The only true advantage to having lessons in your home is your teacher will see your practice space and can suggest improvements to give you a richer practicing experience.

That’s not enough of a reason to hire a music teacher who will teach you at home.  You’ll have a better experience with your lessons if you go to your teacher.

One Response to “Never Take Music Lessons in Your Own Home”  

  1. 1 Bella

    I feel I must correct you when you say that piano teachers who will travel to you are the least qualified. I have been a traveling teaching for over 13 years in Los Angeles. I have a solid reputation and a waiting list. I have the space for students to come to me, and some of them do.

    But in a city like Los Angeles, it is quite common for busy families to prefer traveling teachers for all the reasons you stated. For myself, I love traveling to my students. Technology makes it possible to have all the resources at my finger tips at any time and I truly enjoy the connection that comes with visiting someone’s home each week.

    My students are all skilled at both reading music and improvising, but more importantly, they love music. They stay with me for no less than 3 years and many retain lessons for a much longer period. The suggestion that we are somehow traveling to families only because we “have” to is quite ignorant. Visit NYC and L.A. and you will find many qualified teachers who travel simply because that’s what we do here.

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