Many parents don’t blink an eye at these expenses, but I run into parents all the time that somehow think that music lessons are a frill, whereas sports participation is not. If you think about it, the two aren’t that different. In music, the coach is actually working one-on-one, which is one heck of a deal. Think of it, your child is the entire focus. From the time they walk into the room, they are getting feedback on everything they do. How they sit, how they hold the instrument, how they take in that first breath, how they…I think you get the picture. I think this really validates the ‘worthwhileness’ of getting your student private instruction.
Specifically, your kiddo is learning how to handle themselves in a professional manner. They are learning the correct way of holding the instrument, which will further advance their technique. They are learning how to breathe and produce a tone that will be the standard for their instrument. Facility of articulation and musicianship will be stressed to aid in the future development of your player. What a foundation to build on! If every young player had just a few individual blocks of instruction, many bad habits would never get a chance to even get started! This would also be a way for your student to understand if their instrument choice was the best for their natural talents.
I have always believed that a student should have the opportunity to try what they want, to the extent that they know it was a good choice for them. They want to feel good about what they do, and if they have success, they will continue. That is what we want. We being the teachers, we being the parents and we being the kids who want to find a niche where we can find acceptance, happiness and a sense of accomplishment.