How to Take Music Lessons at Home

What if you could improve your or your child's social, physical, and academic skills? No, we aren't talking sports. We mean music lessons! Learning a new instrument can help cultivate self-esteem, patience, and discipline while also encouraging self expression and providing exposure to history and culture. Many music lesson studios are not offering in person lessons due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and even if your local studio is open to the public, you might be wary of leaving the house or spending time in an enclosed space with a teacher. Luckily for you, taking music lessons from home has never been easier! Read on for everything you need to know about starting home music lessons.

Find Your Hardware

Whether you're taking piano lessons, guitar lessons, or vocal lessons, you have many options for finding the right equipment for you and your budget. Rental instruments are a budget-friendly option for those who aren't quite ready to commit. Renting over buying used is especially helpful if you're a brand new music student, or you’re still getting a feel for the instrument and you're not 100% sure about it. Additionally, rental electric keyboards and digital pianos are a great alternative for new piano players who might not have space — or money — for an upright or grand piano. You can find monthly instrument rentals through your local music instrument retailer, or at sites like Music Rental Central, which ships to all 48 continental states in the U.S. Used instruments are significantly more affordable than new ones, and can be ideal for music students who are more sure of their level of commitment. Trusting your seller is the key to any successful used instrument purchase. It's important to know who you’re buying from, and to confirm the quality of the instrument before purchase whenever possible. You should also be clear on the seller’s refund policy in case of damages, hidden defects, or other issues that can arise after purchasing a new instrument. Some reliable sites for finding used instruments include:

  • eBay

  • Craigslist

  • Amazon

  • Facebook Marketplace

  • Reverb

  • Sweetwater

  • Music Go Round

New instruments assure you the quality and personalization to meet your needs. However, they do come with a higher price tag. To find new instruments near you, contact your local music instrument retailer or check out sites like Musician's Friend and Guitar Center. After that, make sure you have the right accessories for whatever instrument you're taking up. A guitar will need extra picks and strings, as well as a tuner — plus headphones and an amplifier if you're playing electric. For electric keyboards, you'll want a stand for your instrument, a sustain pedal, and headphones or an amplifier if you don’t have built in speakers. No matter what instrument you play, you’ll want comfortable seating, a music stand for reading music, and a metronome to practice keeping time.

Find a Teacher

Now that you've secured an instrument, it's time to find a music teacher. If you're not sure where to start, ask around for word-of-mouth recommendations. Search for lesson studios, community music schools, universities, and other professional organizations in your area. Even though you're taking music lessons from home, there are still several factors to consider when picking the right teacher. These include:

  • How long is each lesson?

  • How much does each lesson cost?

  • What forms of payment are accepted?

  • What should you bring to your first lesson?

  • Is there a cancellation or rescheduling policy? If so, what is it?

  • Are there any openings for trial lessons coming up?

So, how do you know when you've found the right one? A good music teacher should make their students feel nurtured and comfortable, even when they have trouble mastering a concept. Additionally, a good music teacher should be honest, but not condescending. If a student has trouble with an idea, the teacher should be able to communicate it clearly in a variety of ways. Above all, your music teacher should care about your goals and help you make a plan to achieve them. Once you've learned all you can with that teacher, they should be upfront about when it's time to move up to a new one. And if you decide that your music lessons just aren't working out, they shouldn't belittle you for it.

Find Your Software

Since you won't be taking music lessons in a traditional setting, the right software makes a world of difference. Plus, you don't need a lot of technical know-how to participate in virtual music lessons. For example, Keylab u