Why One Hour?
The real cost of tuition. An interesting outcome to our small scale 'study'.
We were asked earlier in the year if it was possible in some cases to hold shorter private music lessons at Music Skills. To see if this is possible we’ve been looking into the effect that session length has on the effectiveness and overall value of lessons.
One hour sessions have always been the Music Skills way ever since the first sessions, teaching drums and developing the Music Skills System almost 20 years ago. An hour gives enough time to recap and improve on previous material and then cover new material in enough depth for the student to understand it fully and start committing the techniques to long term memory. But there is more to it than that and we noticed the “value equation” appeared the more we looked at it.
In our research we have found that sessions of 30 minute length offer, at best, 20 minutes of operational teaching time once you factor in the time it takes for the student to settle in and setup at the start of a lesson and pack up at the end. With a 20 minute lesson this is reduced, again at best the operational time is 10 minutes. Even if the teaching is effective this doesn’t give enough time to develop decent skill level or provide value to the student.