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7 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Music Lessons

7 Ways to Get the Most Out Of Music Lessons

    1. Place the focus on a fun, encouraging and positive experience with music lessons.  
      Parents and teachers should focus on providing a fun, encouraging, positive experience with music lessons for younger children and not simply results! Focusing only on progress and performance can have the opposite intended effect and is a big mistake. Children can be turned off to music and not want to learn. However, when the focus is on providing an affirming and encouraging environment for children to explore music, they have fun and feel good about what they are doing. Then, they will produce results.One important rule of thumb: When a young child starts to lose their focus in a lesson or practice session, it is time to stop or change activities! Don’t push them beyond their concentration level at a young age or they will become turned off to music altogether. Their attentiveness will develop naturally!
    2. Learn music at a studio where the sole purpose is education. Study music in an environment where the only focus of the establishment is to provide you with the best music education you can receive and they are not emphasizing sales, recordings, etc. Take lessons where your child has the option of participating in theory classes, sight-singing, ensembles, duets workshops, recitals, and performance opportunities as all of these enhance their experience and progress exponentially.
    3. Enroll in a program which teaches styles that you like. When you learn music that you feel passionate about, learning is easy and a joy. Study where you have choices of popular music, blues, rock, classical, jazz, Broadway, or any combination.
    4. Take lessons in a professional teaching environment.
      Learning music at a studio greatly enhances a student’s overall learning experience. Although having a teacher come to your home is at first glance convenient, there are more benefits to learning at a studio. Among them is the lack of distractions from other family members’ household routines, pets and other disruptions. The studio environment enables students’ access to a variety of materials and opportunities to collaborate with other musicians.
    5. Study music using proven, professional materials. Proper materials should include at least a lesson book, theory book, and supplemental material. Be wary of only using photocopied loose sheets that can be lost and don’t progress in an incremental order.
    6. Adult piano students tend to do well with a fake book approach. A fake book has music with the melody, lyrics, and chords changes. There is nothing ‘fake’ about the music but it is called that because you learn to create music on the spot by making your own arrangement instead of playing something that has been pre-arranged. Often, a traditional piano method is slow and tedious for adults. If an adult student played as a child, a traditional approach or fake book method works well.
    7. Make practicing fun and productive. Set a time that is your practice time. Do it regularly, and make it fun! See our practice tips for more on practicing! Click Here

Enjoy your lessons!

Jay Latulippe

Jay Latulippe

Jay is the program director at Let’s Play Music and make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music performance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has authored over a dozen books including the popular piano series, Let’s Play Jazz and More! published by Santorella Publications.

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