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.




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.



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.



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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13 Responses to When to Move On to the Next Lesson

  1. Mr. Hoffman. Thank you so much for this opportunity to be able to give my five year old the opportunity to start the lessons. I am also very grateful that you added the material we can use in between the sessions – is it ok if I use it that way or should I do other things with my son in between the lessons?
    I wanted to give him one lesson a week but I think we can take it up a notch to two times a week.

  2. Hi,
    I need help. We loved your first lesson online lesson, so I purchased your online lessons and printed out the hard copies of support sheets. Where do I click to watch the rest of the lessons online. You are much more engaging and fun than I am, when it comes to piano lessons.

  3. Thanks so much for offering this opportunity for free for lower income families. It is a blessing to have come across your school, and look forward to having my children grow in their piano adventure. I had currently started with my 10 yr old son, and will soon add my 5 yr old daughter in a couple of months, when she establishes more routine ☺

    • You are welcome! Families like yours are the core of our motivation, so thank you for sharing your appreciation. :) – Mr. Hoffman

  4. Thanks so much for this! We just started, and my very eager 5yo is ploughing through — mostly because he’s so eager to see the next funny ending! I wanted to make sure it’s really sinking in, though, so this week we’re doing a “review week” and going over the ones we watched last week. Although he and his little sister giggle so much at the funny endings that they will ask to watch each video 3 times in a row! These are great videos, thanks so much for sharing them with us!!

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