Deciding where you choose to take music lessons can vary from person to person, whether the lessons are for an adult or for a child. This is very important, because the location needs to be one where the student feels comfortable, but it should also be an environment that is conducive to learning. Doing lessons in the home also eliminates travel time for the parents and can be centered around your schedule.
For many younger children, lessons done in the home may be more ideal. The child would be with a new person, but in a familiar location. That said, there are many reasons to take lessons outside of the home, the biggest being to avoid any distractions that come from the home environment, especially if there are many children or pets in the household. Some students also enjoy lessons outside of the home simply because it is something to do outside of the home.
Another factor to consider is the location of the home. Many of our students who live in apartment buildings rather than a private residence may find it would be better for them to take lessons in a studio facility or at the teacher’s home. A teaching space operated by the instructor also has many advantages: they have access to their entire collection of sheet music, instruments, and other equipment. For parents who are at all concerned about lessons done outside of the home, they are invited to sit in on their child’s lessons. This can also help ease the transition for the child as they get more acquainted with their teacher.
Where the lessons take place is really a matter of choice – ask the instructor if they have a preference and what sort of amenities they can offer in their teaching space. For lessons done in the home, the students will be expected to have their own instrument.
One of the newest trends in music education is the advent and wide adoption of online music lessons. Many teachers teach through services such as Skype, Google Talk, and Apple Face Time, and can successfully teach students from anywhere in the world.