(Closed) WWYD – music lessons

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Post # 2
7778 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’d try it for a month. If it doesn’t work out then you will know and can give her feedback as to why.

Post # 3
9689 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Try it out and see how it goes.

 I played flute and piano growing up. Both instructors taught out of their house and both had babies during the 6 years I took lessons with them. It was never a problem.

I also took guitar for awhile and those lessons were in a studio. It did not make a difference in comparison to the music lessons I had at my other instructors’ homes.

Post # 4
1759 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

halfling:  btw good on you for persuing this! I took lessons for a year as a teen in cello and I miss it so much. My dream is someday purchasing a cello and starting lessons again. So I applaud you for going for it!

Post # 5
326 posts
Helper bee

Try it out and see if you like it. I don’t think lessons anywhere are cheap, I pay $200 for a semester for 30 minute voice/piano lessons and it’s hard to find adult lessons. Apparently we don’t have interests in music anymore lol.

But if she teach a lot of lessons with her baby there I’m sure it’ll be okay. Some babies sleep better with music constantly playing so maybe that’s what sort of baby she has. 

Post # 6
2341 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m in the UK so it may be different, but every piano teacher I had, and both my daughter’s violin teachers taught from their homes,  it’s the norm, why would they rent studio space? It’s a totally unecessary overhead and much less convenient for them. You would only expect a studio if you were attending a proper music school.

The baby could definitely be more of an issue. I’d probably suck it and see. 

Hats off to you for pursuing this as an adult! The violin does sound like you are strangling a cat for ages so don’t get despondent, it’s not just you. 

Post # 7
5 posts

Violinist here! I’m not sure where you live, but $15 a half hour is a STEAL where I live. We pay almost double that. I’ll tell you also that it is really common for music teachers to teach out of their home. If you work for a music school with multiple studios in one building, the owners charge the teachers for using the space. So if you pay $20 for a lesson, half that many goes to the teacher, and half to the owners. I’ve never really heard of a teacher taking care of a baby during lessons, but since you are going in the afternoon its possible this is just her only option. At the end of the school year she may have a few students leaving and then there could be a better time slot for you to take.

Like everyone is suggesting, it wouldn’t hurt to just try it for a month and see how it goes! If you’re really worried, you could also ask if you could sit in on a few of her lessons with other students. Most teachers don’t have a problem with this, and it allows you to get a feel for her teaching style. 

Post # 8
1435 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m in the UK and took up the saxophone with lessons for my 27th birthday. My teacher and I started with lessons at mine and then me travelling to hers. It’s been fantastic so I think give it a go. My dog has sometimes got involved with ‘singing’ and it adds to the atmosphere.

Post # 9
7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You don’t have any other options though. It seems like a reasonable price and worth at least a trial run. You could always ask the other students about their experience with the baby. 

Post # 12
4253 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

halfling:  Great!  I’m a music teacher and I’m so glad you are pursuing this!  And actually I think you would be surprised how many teachers would be willing to teach adults if you ask.  So if for whatever reason this does not work…say schedules don’t work or you are too advanced for her teaching…just email teachers and ask.  Many do not advertise that they take on adults because kids are the biggest market, however you might be surprised!

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