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When to Move On to the Next Lesson

How often should your child be watching a new Hoffman Academy lesson? 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 a lesson quickly may be ready to move on sooner.

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. They only need to continue to make that song part of their practice routine. Children need new material in order to stay fresh and engaged. They may become bored if they are being held back.

On the other hand, a child may want to charge through the lessons, watching several in a single day. This is probably too much for a young, beginning student. For older students or those who already have some piano training, it is okay to go through lessons quickly at first. They’ll probably slow down on their own once they reach a point where they are challenged by the new material.

Pacing the Lessons

Keep two questions in mind as you try to decide if your child is moving through the lessons at the right pace. The first is, are we learning and making solid progress? The second is, are we having fun and staying motivated? If the answer to both questions is yes, then you’re doing it right.

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.

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.

Using Practice Sessions as a Guideline

For each lesson, I’ve created a practice session with a list of activities for students to complete when practicing. These practice sessions are available when you become a Premium Member. Not only do they take the guess-work out of piano practice, they’re a good guideline to let you know when your child is ready to move on to the next lesson. If the practice session proves difficult for your child, spend another day or two on it until they master it. When your child can complete each practice session task, not necessarily perfectly but with confidence, you’ll know it’s time to move forward.

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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    Guille Villarreal

    Thank you Mr. Hoffman…:)

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      Hoffman Academy

      You are very welcome!

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    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.

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      Hoffman Academy

      You’re doing great! The downloadable materials can and should be used with your daily practice time. We’ve posted an article that outlines more ideas on how you can use that practice time as well: What Should Practice Time Look Like? I hope that helps!

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    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.

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      Hoffman Academy

      I’m so glad you find the lessons fun and engaging! To view our lessons, just visit HoffmanAcademy.com/lessons and you can browse by Unit or Lesson number. Good luck and happy playing! – Mr. Hoffman

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    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 ☺

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      Hoffman Academy

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

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    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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    Heh, I’m on my first day and I’ve done 8 lessons so far.

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    Jebakani Raja

    Thank you so much for these free lessons and I being benefited by that. Very easy to follow and learn.

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    Great advice! We are doing 1-2 lessons a week and feel very comfortable. 🙂

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    Debi Smith

    Thank-u so much for these free lessons,my granddaughter loves music !