Benefits of Private Instruction

Austin Thompson

Mon Aug 24 2020 | 5 Minute Read

Regardless of whether you want to become a professional musician or just want to hone your musical skills as a hobby, private instruction will meaningfully move the needle in the direction of your goals.

Key Takeaways


Personally Designed Educational Path

When arriving at your first private lesson, most instructors are already planning out your future educational path. From teaching styles to the choice in exercises, your private instructor is designing an ever-evolving educational trajectory based on your learning style, current musical capabilities, and musical goals. In an ensemble setting, students miss out on the personalized lesson design that they would benefit from in private instruction. Therefore, whether you are learning an instrument as a personal hobby, to professionally play in a solo/ensemble setting, or anywhere in between, private instruction pairs well with all musical destinations!

Real-Time Feedback

Private instruction is a type of education known as synchronous learning, meaning the learning is happening in real time. In contrast, taking a self directed course or reading a prewritten instruction manual is known as asynchronous learning, referring to learning sans live interaction.  While there are certainly benefits to both modes of learning, synchronous learning inherently lends itself to instant feedback from your instructor. A qualified Cloud Music Suite private instructor will be able to identify, in real-time, what issues you’re facing in regards to a specific skill set or piece of music. Your instructor, ideally, will then walk or talk you through what exactly is causing your issues and give you a few key points on which to focus over the next few repetitions in an attempt to improve upon your shortcomings.  


A general benefit to private instruction is the continual progress evaluation that comes from regularly presenting your abilities to an instructor in a one-on-one scenario. While private instruction can get you instant feedback on progress in the short term (as stated above), it can also get you long term reevaluation from lesson to lesson. Private instructors learn the most about students' progress from the time between instruction rather than the time between technical tweaks. Continually evaluating the progress of a student, private instructors can offer guidance on ways to progress further in personal practice sessions outside of instruction. Because of this, one-on-one lessons also work as a form of accountability for the student.


Obviously there are a great number of reasons to take private lessons, but what we have discussed today are three benefits that we at Cloud Music Suite believe to be the main reasons every musician should strongly consider working with a private instructor. Whether you are logging onto an online lesson or taking lessons in person, private instruction will level up your playing capabilities, regardless of your reasons for learning to play an instrument.

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