Meri’s Musical Musings

Why winter and spring can be a great time to start music lessons

Posted on: March 9, 2014

Why winter and spring can be a great time to start music lessons

First, if you are looking for lessons on a band or orchestra instrument, usually you can tell if a student is struggling in the school program or if they are bored waiting for others to catch on.

Second, you access to info about summer music camps, even free ones if the student has limited means that the teacher is either on the staff or knows would be suitable for the student.

Third, depending on when you begin private lessons can sometimes get a feel for an exam during a summer exam session, if their skills are sufficient to prepare for one, especially on band and orchestra instruments.

Fourth, most teachers have some students that drop out in the winter, deciding it’s not for them, and have some spaces to fill.

Fifth, starting lessons in the winter or spring  on band and orchestra instruments will have enough time to prepare for groups that audition members very early in the next school year and a better chance of earning a high seating placement (or one at all in the most challenging groups), which sometimes do auditions before many school bands and orchestras begin rehearsals!

Sixth, a few children know exactly what they want to play, starting private lessons can prevent them from getting an instrument they don’t want to play.

Seventh, if your child wants to play saxophone, many schools require them to learn some clarinet, and will almost almost always choose someone for sax who studies clarinet privately.

Eighth, usually a good supply of used instruments, especially pianos, but lots of rental-returns on band and orchestra instruments that can be bought for about 40-50% off the new price, sometimes more if you buy privately.

Finally, even new instruments are being sold at major discounts, though mostly in the late spring and into summer.


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