30 minute lessons aren’t designed for students. They’re often designed for teachers who either don’t know how to structure a longer lesson, or find it easier to ask $40 for a half hour than $80 for a full hour.
Students need more. Unfortunately, neither of these concerns addresses the needs of the student. Music is complex. Lessons are when students learn the nuts and bolts, which takes time—time experiencing music with their partners and with the guidance of an expert.
It takes an hour. Many teachers prefer hour lessons. An hour gives us time to consider our students and the material thoughtfully, and more meaningfully. Students grow better. When you’re looking for a music teacher, please consider longer lessons with a teacher who knows how to fill that time with music. Even and especially for young beginners.