Why Private Lessons Might Not Work for YouI've been playing drums and percussion for about 12 years now, and
while I have taken private lessons for about 7 of those years, I
realize that private lessons may not be the best method for
everyone. In fact, I have found that I learn better outside of
private lessons, myself. So, maybe you're wondering: "What's
wrong with private lessons?" or "What else can I do?" Well, read
on and find out more.
of all, I am not going to completely bash on private lessons. As
I mentioned above, I've taken about 7 years of private lessons from the
time I was in middle school all the way through college. And I
have definitely learned and a lot and got a lot out of those 7
years. This article is not intended to steer anyone away from
private lessons. If you are taking private lessons and have a
good teacher and are learning a lot, that's awesome and you should
definitely continue with that. But, for some people, private
lessons aren't the best method.
The first issue I had and
continue to have with private lessons is simply the cost of the
lessons. I paid anywhere from $15-$30 an hour for drum lessons,
but the rate can
go even higher. When I first started I took a 30 minute lesson
every week. After a few years, I was taking an hour lesson every
$30 an hour, those lessons were adding up quickly. That added up
to $1,560 per year. That's a lot of money flowing into private
lessons. If you have a great teacher, it can be worth that much,
but sometimes it can feel like wasted money.
As I mentioned above, a good teacher is essential to help you get the
most out of private lessons. However, often it can be quite a
challenge to find a good teacher. I took the majority of lessons
through my high school and university studies, so I was basically
limited to the teachers and instructors who worked at my high school
and university. In my case, this wasn't terrible; my high school
had a great music department and two very intelligent percussion
instructors. However, I know this is not the case with a lot of
high schools around the globe. Some people are limited to just
the people that teach lessons out of the local music store. The
one time I took lessons from my local music store, I was left very
disappointed. I had a teacher who taught what he wanted to, not
necessarily what I wanted or needed to learn. If you find
yourself frustrated at the lack of qualified teachers in your area, or
you are taking lessons and you find yourself not learning anything or
not learning what you want or need to, then private lessons might not
be your thing.
So at this point you may be wondering, "What else can I do?" My
personal favorite method of learning new techniques on the drums is
through DVD courses. These can often save you a ton of money in
the long run and provide you with a lot more content than you can get
through private lessons.
My favorite part about these courses (besides saving money, of course)
is that you can work through the material on your own schedule.
If you get up in the middle of the night and want to work through a
lesson or two, you are free to do that. If you get busy with work
or school and can't find the time to practice for a week, you don't
have to worry about showing up the next week at your lesson unprepared,
wasting your teacher's time and your money.
My favorite DVD course is the Drumming System,
put together by Jared Falk. This course is the most complete
system available right now. It offers the most content anywhere
and is a great value. For more information: check out my Drumming System Review.