If you’ve never taken music lessons before, you may have no idea how long lessons should be. When signing up for lessons this is one of the most common questions I hear. In the end, the most important part of lessons is what happens when the teacher is not there. That’s right, practice. Does it really matter then how long each lesson is and how often they should happen? Yes, it definitely does.
Music lessons are not enough for your child to learn an instrument. Some people have the misconception that if they get their child music lessons, then magically they will learn how to play a musical instrument. If you get your child a tutor for math, they should come out knowing how to do math better right? Sure, that’s why you get them a tutor, but music lessons don’t really work the same way. In order for your child to succeed, you need to take a hands on approach to the lessons.
Your child was excited to get started learning music. You bought an instrument, hired a great teacher, and you bought some great method books. They’ll be a great musician in no time, right? If only it was that easy. Music lessons will not make your child a great musician. That’s important to understand. Some people think that if their child just takes music lessons for a few years, they’ll learn music. It just doesn’t work that way. Your child will only learn their instrument if they practice. If your child isn’t going to practice, why take lessons at all?
You probably have heard all the horror stories of parents forcing their children to practice, maybe you lived it as a child. You don’t have to be a tyrant to get your child to practice. You don’t even have to be a musician.
You’ve finally found a music teacher that is the right price, at the right location, and at the right time, but is the teacher the right teacher for you or your child? If you’re paying for music lessons, your goal is to actually get better not just to take music lessons right? Then you need to be aware of what to look for in a teacher, but you also need to be willing to give your teacher enough of a chance to do a good job.
When it comes to extra curricular activities, music lessons may not seem like they are on the top of everyone’s priority list. Interestingly, though, in the US over 50% of households have at least one person that plays a musical instrument. That may sound like a lot, but if you look closely at the reasons that taking music lessons is so important, you’ll find that this number should be much higher.
Here are 6 important reasons that kids need music lessons.
If you’ve been looking for music lessons recently, you’ve probably noticed quite a bit of talk about taking private lessons online. Sure there are tutorials, videos, and a ton of articles on how to play an instrument, but we all know that private lessons are best. Getting direct one on one attention is paramount.
In the past, there have only been a couple of options when it comes to private lessons. You could go to the teacher’s home or studio, or the teacher could go to you. It seems like those are the obvious options, but lately online video chat lessons have started to gain popularity. There are a lot of good reasons that people have started taking them in droves.
If you’re looking into music lessons for your child, you’ll find a lot of options. You can take group lessons, private lessons, lessons online, or you can even throw some YouTube tutorials at them. All of these options have their merits and their drawbacks, but for now let’s look into group lessons versus private lessons.
You’ve spent a small fortune on music lessons for your child, but they seem totally uninterested. It happens. There are things you can do that will help them continue with lessons though, so don’t give up yet! The worst thing you can do is throw in the towel at the first sign that your child isn’t enjoying the lessons. By letting them quit, you’re teaching them that as soon as life gets difficult, boring, or uninteresting it’s okay to just give up.
You know that life isn’t easy, and you know giving up is not a good lesson to learn. Here are 7 ideas on how to encourage kids to continue and actually enjoy their lessons.
Far too often I’ve seen students will begin music lessons excited to learn, but then a few months go by and for whatever reason they lose interest. Practicing stops. Progress stops. Eventually the parents notice, and inevitably the parent will say, “Music just isn’t for little Johnny.”
But why does this happen? Why did they go into learning an instrument with so much excitement only to soon loose interest? Is it because learning to play an instrument is just that boring? Perhaps the better question is, “how do we better motivate kids to continue with music lessons indefinitely?”
Within 2 to 3 years of starting piano lessons 80% of children quit. Were you one of the quitters? You’ve always wanted to play piano, and you always regret quitting lessons as a kid? You’re not alone. You don’t hear this phrase a lot “I really regret learning the piano.” (or any other instrument). Why? Because it’s a rewarding, fun, relaxing, and just overall a fantastic skill to have! So why do so many people quit? Let’s break it down.