You’re not a kid anymore, but you’ve always wanted to learn music. Maybe you had piano lessons that you regret quitting as a kid, or maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to sing. Is it too late? Is there no hope? There is definitely hope. You can learn to play or sing really well no matter what age you are.
Although you can learn at any age, there are some things that you definitely should keep in mind.
Our modern piano has a very rich history. Classical pianists regularly play music that was written for an instrument other than the modern piano they play it on. In recent decades there has been a movement to playing music on what are called “period” instruments. This means that performers play classical music on instruments that were more like the instruments that the composers actually wrote the music for.
Understanding that our modern instruments are different than the instruments composers wrote music for can help the performer understand the music they are playing better and improve their performances.
The typical modern grand piano has three foot pedals. In contrast to an organ, these pedals aren’t used to play any notes. They are used to adjust the way the piano plays. When the piano was first invented, some of these pedals were created as “stops”, which are little levers you would pull with your hand. A pianist typically needs both hands, so they were later moved to knee levers during Mozart’s time. Finally, they evolved into the foot pedals we know of today.
It’s important to understand not only when to use the pedals, but what they actually physically do to the piano. Once you understand how the pedals affect the sound of the piano, understanding when to use them will come more naturally.
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.
We live in a world of instant gratification. Instant gratification is why the average US household has over $15k in credit card debt. We want that new toy now we’ll make money enough to buy it eventually right? So let’s just get it now.
Although some may argue this instant gratification epidemic is pervasive mostly in the younger generation it’s definitely going strong in the older generation as well. We have been conditioned over and over again that good things come now. In music this just isn’t the case. Good things take time. They take practice, and a lot of it.
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.
Music teachers tend to do a pretty good job in teaching students, but there is always room for improvement. Giving instruction is only one aspect of teaching. Teaching students how to learn on their own is one of the best gifts a teacher can give a student. As teachers we should play less of a lecturing role and more of a guiding role.
Perfect pitch, also called absolute pitch, is the ability to identify or sing a note without any reference. That’s the definition, but there is a lot more to it than that. Perfect pitch is often misunderstood. There’s a common misconception in the musical community that perfect pitch is not only unimportant, but actually bad to have. In order to understand exactly what it is, and if there is even a need for it, we need to have a very clear understanding about what it actually is, and what it is not.
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.