Why are private lessons so important?
Private lessons are the most important component to an individual student in terms of their development and improvement as a musician. There is no possible way to replicate the undivided, personal attention a student receives during a private lesson through classroom instruction. Research suggests that consistent, applied study on an instrument during the secondary years strengthen key cognitive and auditory skills, thus improving student achievement in not only music, but also core subject areas.
When are lessons offered and how much do they cost?
Lesson scheduling is determined via the availability of each private instructor. Lesson cost and payment will be determined per the policies of the private instructor and lessons costs typically run between $20-30 per half hour, per week. Lesson slots in each instrument studio will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited.
Several years ago the South Carolina Band Directors Association collected data and determined that 80% of students that made the SC All-State Bands were regularly participating in private lessons.
Sam Houston State University completed a study that determined "a positive relationship was found between total amounts of money spent for private music lessons before attending college and the financial reward received. The empirical result showed that each $1 spent for private music lessons pre-college resulted in $0.11 music merit-based scholarship in his/her freshmen year at college. The result remained unchanged after controlling for three socioeconomic factors – parent income level, parent education level, and parent’s music background." https://www.shsu.edu/academics/music/center-for-music-education/praxis/articles/music-lessons-and-scholarship.html