02 Apr How to Access Private Music Lessons for Adults or Children on a Budget
We live in uncertain economic times. As a result, if you are like most people, you must maintain a fairly strict budget. You may spend a great deal of time paring down your monthly expenditures to the essentials. With that noted, you may also be like many individuals and desire to enrich your life with activities like private music lessons. For some time, you may have forgone the idea of private music lessons, for yourself or for your children, because of your understandable concern about expense.
The fact is that there are some tactics that you can utilize as a means of obtaining private music lessons for you or your children on a budget. By applying these strategies, you can take private music lessons, on a regular basis, without breaking the bank.
Take Lessons from a Student
One way in which you may be able to lower the costs associated with music lessons is to engage the services of a college or even a high school student. The reality is that there are some musically inclined and well trained students who are also capable private instructors.
You can locate students who have experience in providing lessons through friends and family members. You can also contact schools directly. In addition, coffee shops and other gathering places oftentimes maintain bulletin boards on which you can find information about individuals, including students, offering music lessons. Of course, as with so many things in this day and age, the internet is also a solid resource when you are on the hunt for a skilled student who can provide private music lessons for you or your children.
Borrow Support Materials
Another step you can take to decrease the costs associated with taking private music lessons is borrowing support materials. For example, you can borrow music or song books from a friend or family member who previously was involved in taking music lessons, but is not any longer.
If you, or one of your children, is interested in learning a brand new instrument, consider borrowing (or even renting) that as well. Rather than making a full-blown investment in purchasing an instrument, hold off on taking that course at least at the beginning. By borrowing, or renting, you save money during the initial days of music lessons. You can make an investment in buying an instrument down the road, once you can see hat your child (or even you) really are committed to learning and moving forward with a particular instrument.
Start with Group Lessons
Before you, or your child, dive into private, individual music lessons, consider participating in a group course of study at first. Group lessons are typically considerably less expensive than individual lessons.
Once again, by taking group lessons yourself, or arranging for these types of lessons for your child, you put less at risk initially. You can take some time to see if there really is a solid commitment to participate in music lessons into the future.
Community Colleges and Community Centers
Two other resources that you will want to consider if you would like to access decently priced private music lessons on a budget are community colleges and community centers. Although these types of options may seem to stretch the concept of private music lessons a bit, they actually really do not.
Some community colleges community centers offer group and even private music lessons as a part of continuing education programming or community outreach efforts. Instructors may be found at these types of facilities that work with both adults and children.
Another strategy that you can employ to access more affordable music lessons for yourself or your child is to request shorter lessons. Another idea is to take lessons less frequently.
You definitely will encounter some instructors who will balk at the idea of shortening lesson times. On the other hand in this day and age, private music instructors have come to understand that they need to be flexible and creative in order to maintain a slate of students taking lessons from them.
Shortening lesson times, or spreading them out so that lessons are less frequently, requires a person taking private lessons to practice a good deal more on his or her own. This may work decently enough for you. If you have a younger child, these alternative strategies may not work as well. A younger person may not have yet developed the tools required to take on music study on his or her own to a significant degree between lessons.
Jessica Kane is a writer for SoundStage Direct, the number one online source for the best vinyl records and turntables.