The answer to this question depends on the maturity and the personality of the individual student and which instrument he or she wants to learn. However, we have seen some general patterns.
For piano and ukulele, we have worked with students as young as four. Some students are ready to begin lessons this early, while others may not have the attention span yet. We are happy to schedule a lesson or two with your young beginner to make sure it’s a good fit for them. We find that by five or six, the majority of students are ready for 30 minute lessons.
Most students meet for lessons weekly, but lesson frequency can depend on your student’s motivation and availability. Music lessons are most effective once a week so that students have time to practice in between sessions. For academic coaching, most students have one lesson per week, but some students may meet more than once a week as an exam approaches or if extra help is needed.
The time spent in a weekly lesson alone is not enough to see measurable progress. The work your student does in between lessons is just as important as the work he or she completes while the instructor is there, so it’s crucial that they practice or complete assigned homework.
This depends on the student’s age, level, and several other factors. Consistent practice that becomes part of your student’s routine is more important than the specific amount of time. Plan on building practice time into your student’s schedule. This way, practice becomes part of the day, and students won’t struggle to find the time.
As internet connections have improved, remote lessons have become a great option for many students. We’ve found them to be extremely successful. The success rates we’ve seen with online lessons vs. in-person sessions are comparable. One of our ACT students just raised her score 10 points after meeting online for several months leading up to the exam. Many students and parents even prefer the convenience of internet lessons.
There are many factors to consider when making this decision. All colleges now accept both tests. The ACT has recently become the more popular exam for students, but there are many students who still opt for the SAT. The decision often comes down to a student’s preference, so we are happy to discuss this directly with you and your student to develop the best plan.
Students see optimal score increases if they plan to meet for at least 3-6 months before the exam. The skills students learn in sessions need to be practiced, so it’s best to plan ahead. That being said, we have helped students on much shorter timelines. Students may want to consider meeting more than once a week if the exam is quickly approaching.
Take Note is currently looking for talented instructors. We are very selective about the instructors we hire, so please apply if you have teaching or tutoring experience and love working with children. We look for instructors who make learning fun! You must also have excellent references and be able to pass a thorough background check.