Money, Logistics and Enjoyment must be high on the list.
Most people have a limited supply of money to live and therefore how they use it is important to them. Priorities in their life will change and therefore what they feel is valuable enough to spend their money will also change. If their financial circumstance changes, so too will their priorities and values.
Music Lessons are often still seen as a “luxury”
rather than a “necessity”.
In this century lives have become increasingly fast and busy, so much so that many people have an activity scheduled for everyday of the week. If one activity needs to change, the logistics of trying to make that change can become difficult to the degree that the activity in question may not be able to be continued.
We now live in a society where the expectation is for things to happen not just quickly but often instantly. Our use of technology, including wearable technology reinforces that. The need for entertainment and enjoyment is also an extremely strong expectation. Why stick at an activity if we don’t get much enjoyment from it, there are lots of other things we could replace it with.
How does this relate to Music Lessons and how we teach?
I would particularly like to address the expectation of enjoyment. Whether you have been teaching music for a few years, or have been a student yourself for years, I’m, sure that most people reading this article will have come across someone who told them they they gave up their music lessons because they were BORED, they didn’t enjoy the lessons or the learning ( often known as practice!).
Music is a HUGE subject, meaning that there is so much too learn, so many skills to be mastered, styles to develop. How can anyone ever get bored?