What Can I Expect in My Private Music Lessons?

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What Can I Expect in My Private Music Lessons?

Learning a musical instrument is an incredibly useful, enjoyable, and fulfilling hobby, but if you’ve never had private music lessons before, you may be wondering what to expect. Many of us harbor ambitions to learn to play the guitar or tinkle the ivories like our musical heroes, but taking that first step can be daunting. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, and you’re ready for your first trip to a music school, here is a useful guide about what to expect in your private music lessons.


Preparing for Your First Music Lesson

Preparing for your first music lesson

If you’re a beginner, you don’t need to do a massive amount of preparation for your first private music lesson. If you already have an instrument, make sure you take it with you and go into the class with an open mind. Don’t be nervous or apprehensive. Your teacher is there is to help you learn, to encourage you, and to make lessons fun. If you’re a novice, and you don’t have an instrument, for example, a guitar, yet, your music teacher will be able to lend you one to play during your guitar lessons. If you find that you enjoy the lessons, and you want to keep going, it’s wise to invest in a new instrument, or look for a second-hand instrument, so that you can practice outside of your private lessons.


What to Expect From Private Music Lessons

If you decide that you want to learn guitar or take piano classes, looking for music schools that offer private tuition is an excellent idea. Working with an experienced teacher on a one-to-one basis will enable you to learn quickly, and take advantage of tailored tuition.


Getting Started

Getting started

When you go for your first lesson, your teacher will spend some time asking questions and getting to know you. They will want to know if you’re a complete beginner, or if you have any previous playing experience, whether you play any other instruments, and what kinds of music you’re interested in playing. Once you’ve broken the ice and had a chat, it’s time to focus on what is going to happen in your lessons. Your teacher will talk to you about lesson format, and they will draw up an individual plan based on your abilities and also, your preferences and objectives. Whether you have designs on making it in the music industry, or you’ve wanted to be able to get out a guitar and play a few chords at the end of a long day since high school, your teacher can help you achieve your goals.


What Happens During a Music Lesson?

Private music lessons are designed to help you master the art of reading music, playing an instrument and getting a real feel for different types of music. Your teacher may use a range of techniques to enable you to learn and build your confidence. They may play with you, they might demonstrate pieces before you play, and they may use audio or video clips to help you see and hear how pieces should be performed. As you play, your teacher will provide feedback and advice to help you address issues and improve your performance. In most cases, lessons will focus on perfecting and mastering one piece of music before moving onto the next. As you become more accustomed to the instrument, your teacher will aim to expand your repertoire and teach you new skills. Music lessons combine practical and theoretical learning. Some people work towards exams and certifications, while others are happy to play for fun.


Practice Makes Perfect

Practice makes perfect

Practice is crucial when it comes to getting the best out of musical education, and if you take time to practice between classes, you’ll learn much faster. Once you become more confident and you’re able to tackle more complex pieces of music, your teacher may advise you to consider joining music groups or teaming up with other students to hone your skills and also enjoy the social side of playing music. At the end of your lessons, your teacher will give you an idea of what you need to practice, and you can also introduce new pieces and different types of music if you want to play in your own time.


The Benefits of Taking Private Music Tuition

Whether you’re working towards getting a music degree one day in the future, or you’re looking for a new hobby that will enrich your life, taking private music classes offers a host of benefits. These include:


Personalized Lessons

Personalized lessons

Private classes allow you to benefit from one-to-one tuition and you can take advantage of customized, tailored lesson plans. You can also have more of a say over the kinds of pieces and genres of music you play, for example, jazz or contemporary music, and you can learn from experienced violin, piano, and guitar players.



Fun in music

Whether you have a hectic work schedule, you spend most of your day studying, or you’re prone to stress, music lessons can provide a fun outlet. Music makes you feel good, it can be a welcome distraction from exams or work pressures, and hopefully, your classes will bring a smile to your face and help you relax.


Mental Well-Being

Mental well being

Learning a musical instrument isn’t just enjoyable. It can also give you confidence, provide social opportunities to meet new people and form new friendships and improve your mental health. Studies suggest that playing music increases the level of dopamine in the brain, lifting your mood, and it can also boost cognitive powers.


Career Goals

Career goals

For those who are looking for a change of career, or individuals who have plans to look for a job in the music industry, taking private music classes could also increase your chances of getting your dream job.



Many of us listen to music or watch performances on TV and wish we could play an instrument. If you have designs on taking up a new hobby, or you’ve always wanted to play guitar bass, why not think about signing up for music lessons? It’s never too late to start, and you might be surprised at just how much you get out of private music classes.

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Matthew Pinck

Matt, fondly known as "Yoga Matt" on stage, has collectively studied music since the age of five and has been teaching in Santa Cruz County since 1998. Among his arsenal of music expertise are: guitar, vocals, composition, piano, electric bass and drums. His vast formal training has taken place in top schools, such as UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and Cabrillo College, eventually earning his Bachelors in Jazz Guitar from Skidmore College in New York.

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