Should My Child Take 30-Minute or 60-Minute Piano Lessons?
For most children, 45-60-minute piano lessons are better than 30-minute piano lessons. This is because a longer lesson allows the child ample time to “warm up,” review previously-practiced songs, learn new concepts, and apply these concepts in new songs or exercises. Often, a 60-minute lesson will also include games or challenges to strengthen concepts.
30-minute piano lessons may not include a warm-up and are often dominated by reviewing or “passing off” practice songs as well as assigning new songs. This often leaves little time for mastering musical concepts. 30-minute lessons also leave less room for distraction or connecting with the teacher, sometimes making the lesson a less-positive experience, especially for younger children.
30-Minute Piano Lessons Can Be Okay for Older Children
30-minute lessons, however, can work well for children who come warmed up, practice well while at home, and who do not get distracted during lessons.
One of the other reasons 60-minute lessons are more preferable, even in younger children, is because it allows the child to settle in and connect with their teacher. It also allows for times when the child may require redirection. For instance, the student may want to tell the piano teacher about his or her day, play a song they made up, or ask a question about practice homework. While this is not necessary for the learning process, these connections are important for most children to enjoy a positive piano lesson experience.
Older children who do not get distracted easily and who come to class warmed up, well-practiced, and ready to play can still see great benefits from 30-minute classes.
How to Know Whether Your Child is Ready for 30- or 60-Minute Piano Lessons
Every child is different—what is right for two children of the same age and skill level may be different! Here are some signals to look for to determine whether your child should have 30- or 60-minute piano lessons:
How is Your Child’s Demeanor?
60-minutes vs. 30-minute piano lessons takes the pressure off you, your child, and your teacher. Instead of trying to blast through the lesson material and having to keep redirecting the child to maintain focus, it allows the lesson to progress and a more comfortable pace for your child. This keeps your child more at ease, allows exploration and connection, and prevents your child from feeling overly-pressured. However, if your child prefers schedules and focus, he or she may prefer a shorter, denser lesson.
How is Your Child’s Attention Span?
To get the most out of a 30-minute piano lesson, your child should be able to sit that long without getting distracted. How is your child when you do projects such as crafts or hands-on games such as puzzles? If your child is focused and engaged for 30 minutes or more, they may be ready for 30-minute piano lessons. Otherwise, you may want to consider 60-minute piano lessons.
Group Lessons or Private Lessons
Group piano lessons are almost always 60 minutes. This is because it will typically include a period of warm-up, instruction, practicing previous songs, learning a new song, and playing games or exercises. Group piano or keyboard lessons are a great way to provide your child with 60-minute piano lessons without an excessive cost.
Are 30- or 60-Minute Lessons Best for Your Child?
Reach out! If you’re not sure whether 30- or 60-minute lessons are best for your child, please give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss your child’s needs and what type of piano lessons may be best for them.