Tips for Parents New to Music Lessons
With a new school year approaching, it’s a great time to consider the benefits of learning a musical discipline, such as drums, piano, guitar, vocals, or violin. Private lessons, meaning one-to-one instruction, offer the advantage of receiving the teacher’s undivided attention and working within a genre and pace suitable for each student. But how to get the most out of these music lessons?
1. Choose the right music school. Look for a studio that has a team of professional instructors. This gives you options if you have multiple children and helps to ensure continuity should the regular teacher not be available. The instructors should be supported by, and accountable to, an experienced school director. Students will get the best experience in a comfortable, focused environment. If your child doesn’t have an instrument at the time of registration, ask about auditioning an instrument at the first lesson and any rent-to-own arrangements.
2. Get involved. Aside from reading the published materials, such as the monthly newsletter, in-studio message board and registration info, take a moment to speak with the teacher after each lesson so that the practice assignment for the week is clear. Check the Studio Calendar for upcoming events, such as student concerts, ensemble auditions, community performances, and even field trips! Look for snapshot moments to celebrate your child’s success.
3. Support good practise habits. Design and maintain a dedicated practice area. For example, the guitar that’s on a stand gets practised more than one that’s returned to a case after each session. Another example is volume control for drums, which reduces fatigue and encourages playing with expression. Throughout the week, support your child by mentioning goals, such as concerts, festivals, and exams. Strive for a daily practice routine.
With the right foundation, learning a musical skill can be an achievement on its own, or a passport to even greater things.