How long should our private music or dance lessons be?

The appropriate length for private instrument, voice, acting and dance lessons vary according to the age and level of the individual student. With few exceptions, the rule of thumb for choosing the length of lesson is:

  • 30 minutes for elementary school students*
  • 45 minutes for middle school students
  • 45-60 minutes for high school and adult students

* There is a 45-minute minimum for all violin, viola and cello students over the age of five.

That being said, we have a number of very young musicians and dancers at TRC who are extremely comfortable with 60-minute lessons, and many of our students take more than one lesson per week. Our admissions director and our instructors are always available to help determine the most advantageous lesson length for both beginners and more advanced students.