If you have been following this series so far, by now you may be close to knowing what instrument and style of music you want to learn. You may also have an idea of the time commitment you are able to make to music lessons and practice. This means you are getting to the fun part — where you get to start playing for real! The question you want to answer now is: Where do you want to take music lessons: in your home? or in a music studio? There are so many benefits to both, but what works best for you?
We would all agree that the environment where our children attend school makes a difference in their ability to learn, and that the culture of the places where we work probably affects our job performance. In the same way, the environment matters for students taking music lessons, and can have significant positive or negative effects on their progress.
For instance, a place with a lot of distractions or activities going on in the background might cause students to have trouble focusing on lessons. Negative or anxious energy might also hinder their motivation to practice and be attentive. By contrast, a quiet, calm and positive environment will help students to pay attention, focus better, and learn faster. With this in mind, let’s consider the pros and cons of two popular places to take music lessons: in a music studio or in your home.
Lessons in a music studio take place in a space dedicated to music. Both you and the teacher travel to the studio each week for your lesson. On average, in-studio lessons are 30 minutes long, plus whatever travel time is required for your commute.
There are some significant advantages to taking lessons in a studio that make this option a preference for some families.
Here are a few of the possible disadvantages of in-studio lessons that you may also want to consider:
In-home music lessons take place in whatever space in your home you choose to dedicate to it. In-home lessons are usually 45 minutes long, and the teacher comes to you.
In-home lessons have some special advantages that for some families might even influence their ability to take music lessons or not. Here are some of the most significant:
Here are a few of the possible disadvantages of in-home lessons to know about:
After weighing the benefits and drawbacks of in-studio lessons vs. in-home lessons, and noting your family’s needs, what option is better for you? Perhaps the convenience of in-home lessons is a priority for you. Perhaps maintaining a consistent lesson and practice environment at home helps your child focus and practice better.
Or perhaps you have a small home and many distracting activities going on, and you know your child will learn better in a space dedicated solely to music lessons. Maybe the affordability of in-studio lessons is more of a priority for you, or perhaps you want to learn multiple instruments or have several children take lessons at the same time.
What does your family need? We offer options! If you think that lessons in a studio would suit you best, check out The Music Studio Atlanta; we now offer lessons in two lovely locations and will help you get started! If you want the convenience of having music lessons in your home, contact Courtnay and Rowe Music Academy; we have many awesome teachers who will come to you!