Getting Started With Music Lessons
The road to becoming a musician can be very challenging and is not for everyone. But, those who stick it through, will reap its many benefits and life will truly be enriched. Music can be learned by all ages. And like other art disciplines, progress is solely up to the individual, how fast you learn and retain the information depends greatly on your own dedication and commitment to the art.
Listed below are some tips to help you get started on your musical journey. For younger students, it’s best to have guidance from a close family member or friend. Always remember practice makes better so never give up and always reward yourself on the small successes. Good luck!
Purchasing or Renting Your Instrument
There are many options to getting your first instrument. You can visit your local music store, or other alternatives include your local pawn shop or online through eBay, OfferUp, Amazon, and Craigslist. But, these options may not offer a return policy so purchase with caution. It is best to have an experienced musician with you to help make the best decision. But, for the most part, outside of a few small blemishes, the condition should be good enough to learn on.
IN-HOME & ONLINE LESSONS
Sign-up for in-home or on-line music lessons with WiFi access on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Utilize any social media platform to for an interactive learning experience. Lessons are typically set up once or twice per week and include one-on-one lessons.
The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method is one of the most popular strings teaching method used by private music teaching professionals and institutions around the world. One of the best aspects of the program is that it is a very structured approach to learning. However, there are varying levels of involvement. This method requires guidance from the teacher as well as additional teaching aids for further technique. The songs introduced are geared towards classical music and few folk songs. The Suzuki Method introduces the student not just only to classical music but also solo, duet, trio and quartet playing. Group learning is emphasized as well as individuality. Also, many themes are used from popular orchestral music Play along music is available for purchase in-store or online.
The Essential Elements is most often used within public and some private schools. The benefit of this method is its ability to self-teach the student. This book teaches reading, writing, scales and counting within each lesson. It also features duet playing with one or more students. This method seems to be more of a contemporary approach, utilizing more universal songs and concepts. These books are very accessible and economical for any student. Play along tracks are available for purchase online.
Practice & Performance
Typically, new students should practice at least 30-60 minutes per day and 4-5 days per week. The time of day can be early in the morning or before bed. The best practice is not forced, not in the beginning at least. The process of learning music should be enjoyed at first. Only when the student becomes more serious should a more structured schedule be implemented. Younger students starting out especially, should only practice at will. And a good way to become and stay motivated is through attending live performances, watching online performances, listening to recordings, attending music conferences and events, meeting and talking with professional musicians and reading books on music.
Music is about expression and being a vessel for thoughts and creation, so the student must begin to think of his/herself as presenting art to the audience. Performing at the beginning stages help to build the confidence needed in becoming an accomplished artist/musician. It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of a crowd, large or small. And while this may seem a daunting prospect to some, the more it is practiced the easier it becomes. Playing for family and friends, birthday parties, small gatherings, community and school functions all serve as a great way you can get started. Student recitals and concerts are encouraged and mandatory for all students.
So, why are you or your child interested in learning music? While you may not be completely sure, something has led you here with the intention to pursue your interest and fulfill your goal. Do remember this when practice seems difficult, and when you feel like giving up. Envision yourself one, two or even five years into the future. Make a goal, and take tiny steps towards it every day. Every note you learn gets you one step closer to realizing your dream. And eventually, once enough time is invested, you will look back not realizing how you got here - a professional working musician. Performing concerts, weddings, recording sessions and teaching music to others. Or perhaps, you are learning merely for the joy of playing music for yourself and your family. Whatever the reason is, it will be justified in your persistence and willingness to succeed. You will learn things as a student of music that you would never have learned otherwise. Music has been known to increase IQ, lessen stress, increase confidence, reduce anxiety, improve brain cognition and mental alertness, lift your mood, lower blood pressure and better your communication skills. Enjoy the process, the gains are endless.
Current Offerings: Current offerings include violin and piano. All students must have their own instruments or may rent-to-own.
In-Home Lessons and Online Lessons: All lessons are $50 per hour. It is recommended to have at least one 30-minute private lesson once per week. Non-local locations will be an extra charge. On-line lessons are taught on your choice of a free online video streaming outlet such as: Facebook Messenger, Instagram Video, WhatsApp, FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype. Contact for rates.
Group Lessons: Group lessons are $75 per month. students may learn with a friend or family member in a group setting. It can be with the same instrument or different instruments. Groups usually do not exceed 5 students at a time. Placement is level based on beginners, intermediates and advanced students are placed accordingly. If you would like to join an already existing group please contact.
Curriculum: Various teaching methods are used in lessons including traditional and contemporary techniques. The Suzuki Method and Essential Elements are popular choices. It’s best to research them or contact for more information. Elements of pop, jazz and modern music may be added to the lesson depending on the student and needs.
Booking Process: All music lessons are on a month to month basis and are non-refundable/exchangeable. All payments must be received at least one week prior to the next month cycle. Your payment secures your date, time as well as serving as confirmation for the student-teacher commitment to all services. Lessons may be rescheduled occasionally based on a case to case scenario.
Liability and Rescheduling: For In-home lessons, the student/ student’s parents are held liable and responsible for any harm or damage caused to the home due to natural wear and tear during lessons. The student/student’s parents are also held responsible for the well-being of the child/adult within or outside of the home during lessons.
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