Post # 1
So I’m an adult be but have always been interested in violin. My parents bought me one when I was younger but no teacher ever got back with my parents for lessons and since obviously I couldn’t teach myself (I was 6) I never played it and they sold it and no school I went to offered violin as an instrument, I got stuck with clarient instead. Jump forward to now, I bought myself one and have been looking to take lessons (which is VERY difficult where I live since not many people want to bother with adults). I found one girl, but she does not have her own office or studio. I’m starting to question if it’s a good idea from the information she gave me.
It would be roughly $60 per month ($15 per 30 minute lesson, once a week). Which I looked up and seems to be starting price for lessons. They would be private lessons and she provides the books I need. The times she has left are not ideal (during lunch – which my husband comes home for and late afternoon nearing dinnertime), but I would be able to if that’s all that’s left and it would only be once a week. On top of that she teaches from her home (which I don’t have a problem with) but she has a baby. She said her baby is pretty well behaved when awake and will probably be napping around lunchtime, which would be ideal for the lessons.
I don’t doubt her ability to teach as she has a good number of others who say she is good. The part I’m worried about most is her baby. I’m really not trying to be mean or not understanding. I guess I always just pictured lessons being in a studio, one on one, with no one else there. But babies are babies, I’m just worried during the lesson her baby will need attention or have a fit and the lesson will be distracted and I won’t learn the way I need to. I wouldn’t mind at all if the lessons were free, but they are not. What would you do? Would you (or would you let your child) do lessons based on this info? It’s cheap and about the only person close by that teaches adults, but I still have that worry that they won’t be the most effective lessons. I tried teaching myself and feel good about the open notes, but when it comes to bow movement or notes that need finger placement, I’m lost.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 10
eeniebeans: hikingbride: Thanks bees 🙂 I’m going to give it a try
Shesaidyes: Thank you! I’m super excited and I think I’m going to try it. 🙂 The same thing happened in middle school (I wanted to play flute but the shop said my mouth was better shaped for clarient…whatever that means haha. So I’m excited to pick my instrument. I hope you can play cello!
sparkles8rosegold: Oh I know! When I looked in my hometown there would be silence on the other end before they answered like they couldn’t believe I’d be calling for lessons for myself!
Drizzle: Thank you! I remember when I tried to play when I was 6 I was super upset because I couldn’t make any sound! My parents forgot to buy me resin lol. I was just basing the home thing off my hometown 🙂 My hometown was pretty “artsy” and all the music instructors had buildings downtown, so I thought out of the home was odd except for piano. I guess home lessons are more common than I thought haha.
ceejee: Maybe my hometown was just odd haha. I can see why teachers would prefer home lessons. I think I’m going to give it a try. 🙂 I live on a military base, so that’s why the price is what it is. She’s a fellow military wife.
autumn_amber: Oh that’s awesome! Congrats! I’m excited to start my lessons.
craigslistgirl: Very true. I’m going to give it a try. 🙂
Post # 11
UPDATE: I’ve been to three lessons now and LOVE it! 2/3 lessons her baby was asleep and the third wasn’t bad at all. He just did typical little toddler stuff but wasn’t fussy and he really didn’t distract from my lesson. I feel so acomplished. I can play twinkle twinkle little star now haha.
Post # 12
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!