north bay trumpet
How many lessons are
I simply can not answer this
question. Here is why:
- This is representative of exactly the type of
"end gaining" and consumer mentality that I seek to avoid in my studio
and in my teaching.
- The question implies that there is a "fixed"
amount of information to give and that the student can receive that in
full after a "fixed" amount of time (and with a "fixed" cost).
- Can one identify the difficulty of the above
statement in this light?
I will offer the following
- It would be helpful to know what the student's
goals are at the outset.
- If the goal is to play one piece, one or two
lesson may be enough (depending on the difficulty of a piece)
- Such an expectation would not be reasonable if
the piece were a Concerto and the student lacked fundamental musical
skills to play the piece competently.
- One frequently encountered difficulty is that
the student does not have enough musical understanding to know what his
- A reasonably intelligent student may have some
sense of their own difficulty, but not an idea of how to go about
- Such a student may think they have one problem
when they, in fact, have an entirely different issue or several
- Only an experienced and qualified teacher can
be of assistance in such situations.
- Inexperienced and unqualified teachers can
only, at best, apply the methods they inherited and the material they
know-neither of which will actually address the underlying issues most
students actually have.
- It may take a great deal of time to identify
and define musical deficiencies
- Identification and definition dependent on the
comfort and trust level between the teacher and student.
- It takes time to build that trust and an
environment where the student is able to feel comfortable to reveal
aspects of himself musically.
- It may take a great deal of work to correct
deficiencies (through the guidance of a qualified teacher and
consistent, regular, daily practice based on that guidance).
- Once deficiencies have been identified and
worked through (to a greater or lesser degree) musical goals may have
- There is always more work to be done, more
territory to explore, more areas to develop and these get revealed as
- I have never reached the "end" of what I
considered was everything that needed to or could be explored with a
student in over 30 years of teaching.
- Students seem to begin to feel more
comfortable and at ease and understand my expectations and method after
- Most students who begin private study with me
continue for 4-6 years.
- It would not be unusual to begin to see
tangible improvements after 30 lessons (2 semesters).
- Beyond those observations, I do not have an
- A curious student owes it to himself to
investigate where private study might lead them.