Most children will need two or three music lessons a week. The benefit of online lessons is that students can move at their own pace. Students can spend extra time on lessons they struggle with or move faster through lessons they’ve mastered.
Some parents want to see their child completely master a lesson before moving on to the next one. Children can move on before they are able to play a song perfectly. They just need to keep working on that song during their practice sessions. Children need new material to stay engaged. They could get bored if they’re held back too long.
On the other hand, a child may want to watch the lessons several times in a single day. This is probably too much for a young, beginning student. For older students or those who already have some piano training, it is okay to go through lessons quickly at first.
Keep two questions in mind when moving forward through the lessons.
The first is, Are we learning and making solid progress?
The second is, Are we having fun and staying motivated?
If the answer to both questions is yes, then you’re doing it right!
As a child watches a new lesson, it is best to do it near or at the piano. Throughout the lesson, there are times when students are asked to pause the video and practice. Make sure that the student takes the time to stop and play as instructed.
Right after viewing a lesson is a good time to spend a few more minutes practicing. For the next one or two days, the student can either watch the full lesson again and play along, or practice as instructed, or review the material by practicing on their own.
If the practice session proves difficult for a child, spend another day or two on it until they master it. When the student can complete each practice session task, not necessarily perfect but with confidence, you’ll know it’s time to move forward.