Private lessons are essential because they can allow students to excel in music knowledge and improve their performance skills. Rehearsals in school are also valuable because they allow students to collaborate with other students and work on the performance for their next big concert. However, the time directors have to work one on one with a student can be limited.
Private instruction can be a solution, but it comes at a cost. Professional sessions can start to cost in upwards of $100 per hour. If you’re just starting out, if you live somewhere without a lot of options, or if private lessons aren’t really in your budget, what are your options? Here are a few creative ways to get a student an affordable private lesson:
Use FREE online resources, like YouTube.
There are a lot of music professionals, even instructors within higher education, that post videos on YouTube. There are a lot of options. Make a list of instructors and share with your student.
Seek more experienced students as instructors.
If there is a college or university nearby, visit the music department and post a flyer on a bulletin board that you are searching for lessons. Many programs require students to have an internship or a teaching practicum as part of their course of study. If your student is in junior high school, you could even network with students in your senior high school as a first, private instructor.
Create a learning group.
If there is a group of students that are all seeking private lessons, you can try arranging a group session amongst families. Have an instructor give one student a private lesson each week (and that family pays for it that week), while the other students sit in and have an informational session. Although only one student might be getting a lesson each week, the other students will at least be able to learn the methods or topics discussed in each session and go home and practice.
Lastly, seek scholarship opportunities.
Local clubs within the community could provide financial assistance like scholarships, such as Rotary Clubs, Civitan Clubs, or even music societies. You could also ask within your church. Many congregations are known to help fund music lessons or have someone that can provide lessons for little to no charge.
Colleges and universities value students who take private studies for two reasons. It shows that a student is making an extra effort to improve either their musical knowledge or performance skills. And the other being that lessons are also worth scholarship money.
Don’t let your geographical location or budget limit a student’s opportunity to have private lessons. With some creativity, you could find local opportunities. Instill the motto, “I won’t settle for how things are,” in your student by getting them lessons. Lead by example and teach them that there is always room for improvement and learning new things is important.
Dr. Randall Bayne, CEO of ScholarshipAuditions.com