How Long Should Your Music Lesson Be?

This is entirely dependent on you, your goals and how it fits into your life.

Children and Adult Beginners

I always suggest 30 minute lessons for children for two reasons. Partly because there is so much to learn and it can be overwhelming, especially if some of the concepts are difficult to grasp. Also because most children do not have the attention span to focus for extended periods of time.

Beginner adults should also start with 30 minutes. You have the intellectual capacity to understand everything, but usually the physical side of actually playing the instrument does not come as quickly. This can lead to frustration and I find it is best to have shorter lessons and frequent short practise sessions.

Students Working Towards Music Exams

Up to about AMEB Grade 4 you should be fine with 30 minute lessons. I have rarely taught longer lessons for students at this level.

For AMEB Grade 5 to 6 it really depends how quickly you learn things and what your strengths and weaknesses are. For some, 30 minute lessons are fine, while practise sessions at home may go for 45 – 60 minutes. For others, 45 minute or 60 minute lessons are best. Not only are the pieces longer at this level, but there is more theory, technique and aural work to cover.

From AMEB Grade 7 and above I highly recommend 45-60 minute lessons. The pieces are longer and more technical so more time is needed to cover these things. Practise time at home should be 60-90 minutes to apply everything covered in the lessons.

Adult Students Who Are Not Beginners

When you are in school it is easy to stick to a weekly schedule as you have no responsibilities. As an adult, you have work and family commitments that often get in the way of practise time at home so I see most of my adult students fortnightly for 1 hour. I see myself as a guide rather than a music teacher that tells you exactly what to do. You choose what you want to work on and I’ll help you do it the best you can. We can cover a lot in 1 hour so there is plenty for you to work on at home in between lessons. I’m also available by phone and email for any questions you may have.

Casual Drop-In Students

Every now and then I will see an adult who has just bought a flute and perhaps previously learnt the flute or has other musical experience, and just needs a few tips on getting a good sound or refresher on fingerings. If you need a one-off lesson, come prepared with a bunch of questions and depending on how much you need to cover, and the lesson will be however long you need.