Private Piano Lessons – The Benefits of a Formal Education

If you think the only way to receive private piano lessons is to hire an in home tutor or travel across town once per week, which requires a lot of dedication and expense, there are other ways of receiving a formal education in music.

Online Lessons

Yes, private piano lessons are available online for a fraction of the cost. Some people may not consider this as formal training, but think again. Many Colleges and Universities across the country offer online courses to students who are unable to attend physically due to location or other reasons.

Taking music courses online is becoming just as popular. You have all the comforts of home and your lesson plans are right at your finger tips. No commute. Study at your convenience, whenever you want. There is the option to print your lessons as well and take them with you.

Choose your Instructor

In most cases, when you choose private piano lessons online, you have the option of choosing your instructor according to what you desire to learn. If you want to learn blues music, choose a teacher who specializes in this area.

You can make your learning experience a personal one with this diverse way of education. There are video tutorials available, online forums to take part in and seminars as well. Continuing education has never been easier.

Studies have shown that when you are in comfortable surroundings the learning experience is enhanced. You are relaxed and able to concentrate. No pressures. No need to worry about your appearance or performing in front of people right away.

As a self-taught pianist, I know the value of formal training as well. There is only so much you can teach yourself. Music theory requires knowledge and skill, not just playing it by ear and memorizing songs note for note. Natural ability is a blessing, but combining this with private piano lessons will bring your level of expertise to its fullest.

Formal training will challenge you to greater heights. There is so much more to music than meets the ear, so to speak. How many different variations are there on one basic scale, for instance. At least sixteen. If this surprises you, then you now know what you are missing by not getting formal training.

Non-Formal Education in the Philippines

Non-formal Education is one of the means to spread literacy and employable skills to the people and it covers a much larger audience than the formal system. The NFE in Philippines is designed to assist the out-of-school youth and adults who have been deprived of formal education. There may be varying reasons for this.It may include the economic, social and geographical limitations which have hindered the path of literacy and employable skills.

The mission of the NFE program in Philippines is to empower the people with “desirable knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will enable him/her to think critically and creatively, act innovatively and humanely in improving the quality of his/her life and that of his/her family, community and country.”

The main objective of NFE in Philippines is to reduce the number of illiterates in the country and provide them with need-based literacy programmes and also develop basic employable skills.Activities like vocational training, adult reading classes, family planning sessions as well as leadership workshops for community leaders.

This branch of education is looked after by the Bureau of Non-Formal Education which has its history dating back to 1829 when civic educational lectures were introduced in the country.Non-formal education was formally started in 1973 and is now an integral part of the developmental activities.There is a 3-pronged approach in this method which focuses on literacy, continuing education and staff development.

The main thrust of NFE is on the acquisition of skills needed for earning livelihood and to survive the competitiveness in the labor market.The horizons of non-formal education are far wider as compared to the formal system.

NFE reaches out to a greater audience irrespective of demographic characteristics, socio-economic conditions and varied general interests. In a few words, this system reaches out to all those people who might otherwise never get a chance to have any sort of education.

The Non-formal Education Program of Philippines lays thrust on the following aspects:
• Literacy Programs for numeracy and functional literacy of each individual
• Development of Livelihood Skills
• Expansion of Certification and Equivalency Programmes

One of the main aims of NFE is to bring about a decrease in the poverty levels among the communities.To attain this goal, the bureau provides leadership and technical assistance in the implementation of literacy programmes, projects, trainings, workshops etc.This process includes the following features:

Female Functional Literacy & Parent Education: This program majorly involves the mother and provides them with essential skills and competencies to perform better in the fields related to child survival, protection and development.

Literacy Project for Cultural Communities: The target group for this program is that section of the society which is unable to attend the formal education system.This may include the cultural communities in general and also the hill tribes in particular.

Development of Literacy Measures: The Bureau of Non-formal Education in Philippines has developed some literacy parameters through a series of seminars and workshops.At the moment there are seven literacy measures which decide the functional literacy of the target group.This is also accompanied by a Manual of Instructions for using the Measures and its scoring.
Development of Resource Material: It also focuses on the development of the curricula for various levels of literacy and also the resource material needed for the same.This includes booklets, posters and the facilitator’s guide.

Actual Implementation on the Field: This is the most important component of the whole project.Efforts are made to implement the literacy and livelihood development programmes in the actual field with the target group in order to eradicate illiteracy and thereby alleviating poverty.

Thus, the Bureau of Non-formal Education in Philippines works on four major action points – family life skills which also includes health, nutrition, childcare, household management, family planning; vocational skills, functional skills and enhancing livelihood skills.

Self-Education Versus Formal Education

You will determine what you become and the money you will make…If you invest in your self-education.

“Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune” – Jim Rohn

How true this quote is for us all. There is more to life after school ends for us all. Whether you have a doctorate, or a PhD or a basic High School diploma like me, you will always learn new things as you grow through your life. Having a formal education is important and does help build you as a young person, but your learning about life just begins after school ends.

Taking the time to invest in yourself, whether it is daily meditation upon life, whether it is reading books about things you never knew anything about or even possibly developing a new hobby…you are still learning something new.

Having a desire or a will to do things, does not change your old habits or even your mindset on life itself. You must without a doubt develop an insatiable attraction of developing yourself. Do what the other 97% of people decide not do. Read more books, educate your mind, develop new friends, find new thought patterns. Become a leader not only within your household, but to others around you.

In order to change your lifestyle and become the person you have always dreamed about becoming you must put in the time and effort to develop new skills, habits, traits, mindset in order to change your own bank account.

If money means nothing to you – then at least you are changing you life for the better.

Look deep within your heart and soul…what is it that you desire the most out of life that you cannot seem to grasp? That is what you need to work on. That is what you need to figure out and how to make it crystal clear and manifest itself into reality.

You must always be self-educating yourself, or your dreams, aspirations, goals in life will never be obtained.

Formal Education and Its Significance in Getting Jobs

Formal education is an important part of one’s life. It can take anywhere between 13 to 18 years in one’s life. In fact, the number of years can be more than 18 in some cases. It normally includes primary school education, secondary school education, some may opt to do diploma courses, some may go for bachelor courses and there are many others who would even go for masters and doctorate. Formal education has become very expensive nowadays. Most banks and financial institutions offer education loans to students who can’t afford to pay for higher education. Even though the interest rates are high, most of them accept the loan realizing that formal education is a crucial aspect of one’s life. Believe it or not, debt from student loans has crossed a trillion in USA alone.

One might ask why would someone borrow heavy money in the form of student loans and pursue higher education? What would he get out of it? What is the future? Well, the answer is jobs. Employment after education is the only thing that drives these students to take loans from banks and enroll themselves in prestigious colleges to pursue higher education. Most of them would have big dreams as to what kind of jobs they want after education, both in terms of salary and the job profile.

Most people would want to study in the best colleges available. The reason being not just good facilities provided by the colleges. The most important reason is the job placement opportunities one would get from prestigious educational institutions. Hence, students don’t hesitate to shell out big money to join prestigious educational institutions since the normal institutions don’t attract well known companies for campus job placements. Well known companies offer high salary and interesting jobs. People are always looking to get placed in high profile multi-national companies thinking that only those companies offer the best career growth opportunities apart from good salary. Even though it is true to some extent, I have seen many people joining low profile companies and would still end up learning a lot from them. With small companies, the employee strength would often be less and you may end up with a lot of responsibilities. In hindsight, that can be advantageous for your career.

There are a lot of industry sectors where you can obtain jobs. Some of them include the informational technology industry, manufacturing industry, healthcare industry, hospitality industry, travel industry, agriculture and the list goes on.

Success Takes More Than Good Grades or Formal Education

“I am a big fan of dreams. Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life – people seem to give them up, quicker than anything, for a ‘reality’.” Kevin Costner

“Study hard.” “Get good grades.” That’s what conventional wisdom says. Success, we are led to believe, will be based on natural ability or god given talents. But is this really the key to success? If success is only reserved for the ones able to do well at school or had been given the ability to memorize and apply information, what would happen to the rest of us who lack formal education, have little natural talents, physically challenged, weak or poor?

Let’s look at certain examples that challenged these conventional thinking.

One day a boy was sent home from school. With him was a note from his teacher to his parents. The message? This boy is too stupid to learn and it was advised that he just stayed at home. The boy was Thomas Alva Edison.

Another boy was rated the slowest learner in his chemistry class by his teacher. The boy’s name? Louis Pasteur.

Most people, reinforced by conventional beliefs will probably call you unrealistic if you said that anyone, despite not having good grades or formal education can achieve success just as much as the talented few. You will be told to be “practical” and stop your childish dreams now. Dreams are .. well, for dreamers.

But numbers do not lie. So let us analyze the number games a bit more. These statistics answer it all:

Half of all the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies on average had C or C minus in college.
65 % of all US Senators come from the bottom half of their school classes.
75 % of US Presidents were in the “lower half club” in school.
And more than half of all millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college!

Of course, I am not asking you to abandon college and start working in a garage like Steve Jobs. All I am saying is that success takes more than good grades. And the most important ingredient of success is not natural abilities or the talent to memorize facts.

People who are not gifted in term of intellectual abilities realize that this is their handicap, but they succeed in life because there are certain traits that they all have or acquire in their path to success. What are those traits?

1. Fire. When Bill Cosby dropped out of Temple University, he threw himself into career in comedy completely. Starvation didn’t deter him. He said, “Once you’ve made that commitment, then your blood has that particular thing in it, and it’s very hard for people to stop you.”

People like Bill Cosby have fire in their hearts. Their burning commitment brings the whole body to tap inner strengths, resources and abilities that they did not know exist in themselves. It gives them the spark and inspires them to achieve what they want in life.

2. They Set Goals. The great Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova once said, “To follow, without halt, one aim; there’s the secret of success.”

She is right. From the age twelve or thirteen, Steven Spielberg knew that he wanted to be a movie director. So one day, after a tour of the Universal Studio he put on a suit, brought his fathers briefcase containing only a sandwich and candy bars and walked past the guards. He lived in an abandoned trailer that he found and using some plastic letters put Steven Spielberg, Director on the door. Finally at twenty, three years after being a squatter he was offered a seven years contract to direct a TV series. The rest is history.

He had a goal, followed it, and adjusted his strategies until he succeeded.

3. They love what they do. Steve Jobs of Apple Computer, a college dropout who ventured into computing said, “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.” When Steve Jobs started his Apple Computers no one ever thought a kid in blue jeans would revolutionize the computing world while making himself an icon and a billionaire.

For others, nothing could deter them from pursuing what they love, even a criticism from an authority on the field. Donald Cram for example, was so lackluster in his chemistry major up to the stage that his professor urged him to change his field of study. But he insisted that he loves the subject and persisted to continue.

In 1989, he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Winners like Jobs and Cram are passionate and excited about what they are doing. That is definitely one of the most important qualities that lift one person above the rest.

4. They never give up. Another significant trait of these winners is the fact that they keep on pursuing their goals regardless of the outcome. They simply refuse to surrender.

George Bernard Shaw dreamed of being a great writer – despite the fact that he had only five years of formal education. He quit his job as a clerk to write; believing that one day he would make it big. But the path wasn’t easy. It took him nine years before he could make a living from his writing. He never gave up his dream even though his total income for those first nine years was only 30 dollars.

But persistence has its rewards – he eventually became one of the world’s greatest writers, made a fortune from his writings and eventually won the Nobel Prize.

5. They believe they can. Ben Franklin was the fifteenth of seventeen children of a poor candle maker. Although he had a little more than a year of schooling, he believed that he could still succeed in life. So he learnt philosophy, science, finance, politics and four languages by himself. Lack of schooling or money couldn’t deter him from being a great scientist and a statesman.

In short, many have succeeded despite the fact that they lack formal education or are having problem getting good grades at school. Success takes more than that. What you need is clearly defined goals and burning passion to pursue it. You must believe that you can achieve what you want and never give up. Stay committed, and stay focused – no matter what happens.

Formal Education and Bicultural Children

Educators experienced in working with linguistically and ethnically bicultural immigrant parents share a common desire to have their children succeed in school: progressing in the content academic areas, mastering English, and planning to attend college. These beliefs represent an interest in schooling and a legitimization of the American schooling process.

Thus, despite the cultural differences, immigrant parents clearly accept the notion that in order to progress in this country, one must have a formal education. The desire to succeed in formal education and in society generally runs across cultures as well as socioeconomic classes and groups. Yet for those who come from lower-socioeconomic groups, there is an obvious disadvantage in achieving their goal.

Darder argues that American schools are grounded in the cultural capital (certain types of knowledge, attitudes, or dispositions that families regarded as having a certain status) of the dominant group and in the preparation of middle-class European American children to participate in their own culture. Hence, bicultural parents and their children often find the American schooling process completely alien to them.

This frame of reference is transmitted to the parents, who are also expected to follow the parenting strategies of the dominant cultural group. Often, this can be a difficult task for bicultural parents who view schooling from a different cultural perspective. Since many of the diverse parent populations in the United States come from Third World nations that tend to hold education and educators in very high regard, cultural norms prohibit them from questioning the school, the schooling process, and the school personnel.

Consequently, they and their children are unable to navigate the industrialized schooling system, in which parent advocacy is not only expected but also demanded for student success. For parents who fail to participate in this expected American behavior of open advocacy for their children, this may be interpreted by school personnel as indifference, lack of interest, and incompetence. Hence, the children’s academic shortcomings are further legitimized by a system that is culturally alien to parents who view teachers and educators as the people who know best for their children.

Getting a Job With No Education – Job Experience Vs Formal Education

Most of the well paying jobs require completed college education in the form of either a Bachelors or a Masters degree. Most jobs that pay above minimum wage require you to have a high school diploma at the absolute minimum. However in some areas, experience is valued far higher than education. In this article I’m going to discuss the value of both experience and formal education. I’ll go over the top paying jobs that don’t require a degree and that typically value experience a lot more than a college degree.

Before I discuss the merits of both education and work experience, I want to implore you in the highest possible way to get your G.E.D (high school diploma) if you don’t already have it. Even if you plan on working you way up from the bottom at a large company, this is something they will look for when they consider promoting you. You can do virtual classes online that will prepare you for the test for about $300. If you can’t afford that, there are dozens of state programs across the country that provide financial aid to promote literacy. Do a Google search for “GED Financial Aid Your_State” to see what’s available in your state.

Formal Education vs Job Experience

In a recent survey done by, a substantial majority of the respondents felt that work experience was more important for them to advance their career than education. This is undoubtedly the case, even when you base it on strictly statistical data, but what this poll doesn’t mention is that education is instrumental in getting hired in the first place. Education should be seen as the starting point, the “seed” if you will, whereas experience is the sun light and water required to grow and develop. Without the education there would be no seed and therefor no growth. This analogy is true with most careers, but some jobs simply don’t value formal education very highly.

These Jobs Hire with No Education

Fortunately there are actually dozens of jobs that pay just as well or better as many degree based jobs. These jobs place more emphasis and importance into real world work experience as a traditional classroom education holds little or no value here.

5. Postal Service Clerks. Working at the post office has been a well paying and very secure career for decades. It’s one of the few jobs left that still offers a pension plan, which continues paying you a percentage of your normal wages after you retire. You can earn up to $51,670 with this job without any college degree or advanced education.

4. Real Estate Sales Agents. If you have strong people skills, this can be an incredibly lucrative business. Even when the housing market is at it’s worst, this is still a phenomenal business to be in. You can either work for your self or join an existing real estate company which can help you by sending you leads and providing you with an office. If your new to this area, it would be wise to start out by joining an existing company so you can build your contacts and learn the ropes. The average salary for this occupation is $53,100 and several agents earn between $200,000 – $1,000,000 annually.

3. Commercial Drivers (Truck Drivers) The schedule can be pretty rough and you’ll be spending a lot of time away from your friends and family, but if those things don’t bother you, this job is an incredibly high paying option. The pay range is anywhere from $40,000 – $55,000 annually.

2. Casino Supervisor If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you already know the dealers are making outrageous amounts of money. If the dealers are making so much money, just imagine how much their supervisors are making! Often times, the supervisor receives a percentage of the tips from the floor that he/she is supervising. These casino supervisors earn an average of $48,920 annually and if you land a job at high stakes casino, expect to make easily over $100,000 annually.

1. Paid Survey Taker This job isn’t recommended as the #1 job that requires no education because it is the highest paying. It’s recommended because it’s something that you can easily add on to any other job to supplement your existing income. It’s a few hundred dollars in your pocket every month at just a few hours work. Best of all, it’s something that you can start doing immediately, without having to deal with a job interview or review process.

Although education can be very important, and often instrumental, to landing certain jobs, it’s literally worthless when trying to pursue certain careers. Before you go through the time and expense of pursuing a college degree, be sure to find out whether or not your career really requires a college degree. Above all, stay focused and motivated to whatever your goals are and you will succeed regardless of what level of education you currently have.