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When to Move On to the Next Lesson

How many Hoffman Academy lessons should your piano student be doing every week? There’s a sweet spot between too fast and too slow in which a child will be making optimum progress. For most children, that will be two or three lessons a week. The beauty of online lessons is that each student can find their own pace. A child who is having difficulty with a lesson can spend several days on it, while another child who masters it quickly may be ready for the next lesson sooner.

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DOES IT HAVE TO BE PERFECT BEFORE WE MOVE ON?

Some parents want to see a child completely master the material in a lesson before moving on to the next one. Because review of old material is built in to our lessons, children can move forward before they are able to play a song perfectly so long as they continue to make that song part of their practice routine. Children need new material in order to stay fresh and engaged, and they may become bored if they are being held back. Other children may want to charge through the lessons, watching several in a single day. This is probably too much for a young, beginning student, but older students or those who have already had some piano training may want to go through lessons quickly until they reach a point where they are learning enough new material that they find it more challenging.

 

WHERE AND WHEN?

When you and your child feel ready for another lesson, that’s the time to move forward. As a child watches a new lesson, it is best to do it near the piano or even at the piano. Throughout the lesson there are times when students are asked to pause the video and practice. Make sure that your piano student takes the time to stop and play as instructed during the lesson. Right after viewing a lesson is a good time to spend a few more minutes practicing. For the next one or two days the student can either watch the full lesson again and play along or practice as instructed, or review the material by practicing on their own.

 

WHAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

Parents should feel free to use the lessons in whatever way is best for their family. Let your child help decide when it’s time to move on to the next lesson. Most children will have a good sense of when they’re ready to learn more, and will enjoy the lesson experience more if they’re allowed to go at their own pace.

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