Truth be told, there are two answers to this question depending on whether we’re talking about;
a) piano students generally or
b) students of Musiah piano lessons.
Let’s start with piano students generally...
Time & Effort Vs Reward
Students in general will cite all sorts of reasons for quitting lessons such as;
1) for adults - work / family commitments, i.e. not enough time for practice
2) for younger students - parents need to take the time to encourage them to practice but often parents can’t due to their busy schedule which arguably brings us back to reason 1) – not enough time
3) for adults and kids - logistical challenges of getting to and from lessons – which is still reason 1), time
4) for teenagers – as homework / study requirements increase, time for practice once again rears its ugly head
So, I’m sure you get the picture – time (or the lack of it) is a commonly cited factor.
Of course, this can be overcome to an extent by prioritizing practice time into the daily routine. At first blush, commitment / dedication (or the lack of it) is indeed a factor - but there are other considerations that lead to students quitting their lessons before real progress is made.
5) Sometimes the teacher is not a good fit. For adults, having to play pieces (mistakes and all) for a teacher who is sitting next to them can be quite embarrassing especially if the adult student has not taken on learning something new for quite some time. So it's important that students are comfortable with their teacher... And for teens and young kids, the right balance between a piano teacher who is likeable and who also challenges students can be hard to find.
6) Perceived lack of progress: In the first 12-18 months, students will often feel that they haven’t made much progress or aren’t very good compared to peers / other students who have been learning a lot longer, and so they can feel discouraged – which is in essence a ‘perceived’ lack of reward for effort.
In summary… the amount of progress made in the first two years is a key factor in determining whether a student will continue lessons.
Unfortunately for 80% of students, they lack one or more of the necessary factors to ensure a reasonable rate of progress, namely;
- a reasonable amount of practice time each day
- a teacher / parent that inspires, nudges and coerces them to aim higher
- a modicum of self-discipline
And so, if the student perceives that the ‘time & effort Vs reward’ equation doesn’t stack up, they quit… which is a shame as almost everyone is capable of learning to play piano really well if they stick at it.
How Does Musiah Solve These Issues?
In brief, the good news for Musiah piano students is that the time & effort Vs reward equation is vastly different than for non-Musiah piano students.
First, Musiah solves the time issues for many students through sheer flexibility. As the world’s first AI piano teacher, Musiah is like having your own personal piano teacher on stand-by 24/7 to support and guide you every step of the way.
So busy adults can have their lesson / practice time any time of day or night that suits them.
And for younger students, Musiah provides a new form of supervised practice time, guiding and encouraging students, thereby greatly reducing (though not entirely eliminating) the need for parents to encourage their kids.
With Musiah, the logistics of getting to and from lessons is completely removed.
And busy teenage students will find Musiah a welcome stress reliever from the demands of study / homework that, with minimal time each day, can deliver results that far exceed traditional piano lessons or other online piano lessons.
Musiah is also completely non-judgemental, so adults can feel comfortable learning with Musiah – no matter how many mistakes they make.
And for students of all ages, Musiah is adept at encouraging, inspiring and requiring students to push themselves to aim higher.
That said, at the heart of everything Musiah offers is perhaps the most important, fundamental consideration…
Musiah piano lessons are so incredibly effective that students progress up to 16 times faster than students learning the same material through traditional lessons which is of course tremendously motivating and encouraging for any student.
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What Does This Mean For Musiah Students?
Having learned above of the differences Musiah piano lessons make to students of all ages, you may be wondering, compared to piano students generally, whether many Musiah piano students quit lessons in the first two years or keep going.
Put simply, for the most part, Musiah students don’t quit… they succeed – either by completing the course or by acquiring as much skills and knowledge as they feel they need to achieve their individual piano playing goals.
And in so doing, Musiah students acquire the life-long gift of music.
Students who finish the course (which is the equivalent of 6 years of traditional piano lessons) often do so in as little as 4-6 months.
Those that take a little longer (12-18 months) mostly practice a little less each day – but they still get there.
At the end of the day, whether one student takes a few months longer than another is inconsequential.
What matters is the depth and quality of the learning each student receives and that their lessons really do deliver reading and playing skills that will change their life forever.
To experience the wonderful difference Musiah piano lessons can make in your life, why not take our Musiah Piano Lessons 14 Day Free Trial.
It costs nothing but it’s value is priceless.
Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A.
Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor
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