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Everyone should have a lesson frequency that matches the speed at which they improve, I was told at school, and generally that's slower for adults than for kids.
My total is a dozen lessons in 2 years, but that's thanks to parental injury and Covid (and panto season, lol, and teacher's touring with the Bootleg Beatles).
My teacher is now only in London every "10 days or a fortnight", which suits me, as fortnightly lessons would be good, and twice 10 days is 20 days, which is 3 weeks, which is also good.
I told my daughter (she'll be 40 next year) when she was little & 1st started school, "Teachers are paid to provide you a service - to help you learn. If you are having difficulty understanding or keeping up, it's up to you to ask for help, but be respectful because they want you to succeed."
That being said, I can personally recall some trying times for myself.
I remember an Algebra teacher giving me a hard time. I had told him I just couldn't understand by the way he explained something or other - his way of "helping me" was to repeat (verbatim) what he originally said, THREE times (I wasn't deaf)! I turned my back on Math for a while because I let him get to me and I felt I had no recourse at that time.
Similar issue, only in 4th Grade Elementary - started violin, then after a bit I was given an ultimatum of "learn vibrato or leave orchestra". My instructor's advice on how to learn vibrato (and other student violinists I asked) was, "just do it". I was probably 9yrs old then, didn't touch a violin again until approx a year ago and I had forgotten everything (I'm 64 now).
I hate the thought of that happening to anyone (at any age), but if I had been an adult at that time, I could have insisted my instructor help me or "refer" me to someone who could - or just sought out another instructor (maybe asked for a refund). Take into consideration I've lived where items/services were readily available, but I've also had to live (for a time) where I was lucky to have an outhouse and a hand pump for well water (no phones).
I hope you can work something out with your teacher or are able to find a more flexible one - maybe just online.
In the past, in other endeavors, I have been a huge fan of workshops - or a short, condensed class that focuses on specific information/training. Then, I can take all the time I need to explore what I've learned. I find instructors have always been open to answering questions or giving advice long after a workshop or class has ended.
Maybe an alternative route for you at this stage.
cid - 😞 Sorry, I wasn't thinking & my situation is a little different.
Our daughter needs prenatal care so it's unavoidable - she needs a baby sitter for some or all of the 6 kids when she has a Dr appt (her husband still works full time). My BH (he's my Better Half) and I are both "high risk", but he usually runs over to their house. Luckily nobody's been the slightest bit sick... they grow up so fast.
Oh, I would love to have my lessons twice a week! My daughter has this system in her lessons, and I think it’s very good. She can’t forget all the things during the rest period, and it’s also easier to plan practices.
I always have so many questions that this frequency could work well for me too. It’s so painful to wait a whole week before I can get answers to my questions. Unfortunately I don’t have enough money for it, I can only get 30 minutes once a week.
The Covid-19 situation in my country is pretty good now, so it looks like the music school will open normally in August. I will be so happy when my lessons start again! I haven't had any since March
Yes, I read that topic and definitely agree with that it’s good when you can do all the warm ups before the lesson. 30 minutes lesson is so short that it’s really frustrating to use time for that kind of things.