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.
If you’re a classical musician, music is written out for you. The main way that you learn music is by reading. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you don’t spend some time to get a good ear for music, you’re missing out on a skill that will not only make you a better musician, but that will help you enjoy music to a degree you couldn’t before.
Have you ever crammed for a test? I would be lying if I said I never did. Actually for me the better question would be, “did you ever take a test that you didn’t cram for?” I’m not sure what the answer to that one is. When you cram do you do well? Most teachers and parents tell you not to cram, but it worked for me. Well, it worked for what my goal was. I got good grades on the tests I crammed for. If you were to ask me today to tell you much about what I learned in high school biology, I wouldn’t even know where to start.
Cramming helps if you only need information for a day or so, but learning to play an instrument isn’t the same as memorizing facts to put on a test. Even if it were, you don’t only want to be able to play a piece the next day, you want to learn it well, so you can play it any day.
In order to get to that point you need to understand how to use sleep to your advantage. No more cramming.
Do you teach classical music? If so, you’re likely quite the classical music aficionado. Are your students the same? Just because your students are young, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy classical music. They should be enjoying classical music. It’s the unfortunate truth that a lot of young musicians won’t go on to have much proficiency at the instrument they’re taking lessons to learn. This is often because of lack of practice. I don’t believe that we should just concede that this will always be the case, but at the very least if as teachers we can help build a love of classical music in the students we’re teaching, I believe that to be a big success in and of itself.
If you want to get started teaching music, or you already have a few students and want to start teaching more, you have to learn how to advertise yourself. Teaching music is extremely rewarding, and if you do it right, it can pay your bills too. For a lot of teachers finding enough students to make a living can be the hardest part, but it doesn’t have to be. If you use all of the resources available to you, you can fill your studio in no time.
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.
If you’re a musician, you’ve likely used a metronome. Click… Click… Click… It can really get on your nerves. A lot of students feel weighed down by it, even stifled in their creativity. Music is about expressing yourself right? So why do we need to play like robots with a machine clicking in our ears?
There are good reasons. Your teacher isn’t trying to make your life miserable. Your teacher tells you to use the metronome because it works.
If you’re serious about your music, and you weren’t born a prodigy, you’ve probably felt that you couldn’t compete at one point in your life. It’s a tough feeling when you put your all into music for years and years, and you see a YouTube video of a little girl that doesn’t look like she should be able to read words, flying around effortlessly on the piano.
You’re not alone if you’ve ever felt bad about your progress. Most musicians, yes, even prodigies, often don’t feel good enough. It’s really unfortunate, and I’m here to tell you you shouldn’t feel bad about yourself.
What are the required credentials to be a private music teacher? The simple answer is, there are none! You can be a private music teacher as a high school student teaching your friend, or a college music student, or just an experienced amateur. That’s the simple answer, but does that mean anyone is qualified to teach music? Should everyone be allowed to teach music?
Why you should you care about how you sit? It’s not about how you look. It’s about health and freedom of movement. Correcting posture issues can go a long way in relieving common pains and injuries while practicing.