What to expect as a student new to private music lessons

Welcome to our school and to the world of music education. You have made a very important decision and the first step in what could be a lifelong exploration into the art of playing an instrument or singing (your voice is indeed an instrument). We know that you will approach this milestone with a great deal of excitement. We want to help you to hold onto that same feeling as your lessons progress. Toward that end this blog is full of helpful information for you and we hope you will take the time to get acquainted with it.

The purpose of this short post is to help you begin your lessons with healthy expectations geared to getting you started on the right track toward many years of musical and personal growth, self expression and satisfaction. Whether you are the student or the parent of a student I am sure you will find this guide very helpful.

  1. It is essential that you have a working, well maintained instrument. If your instrument needs repair or tuning please don’t wait to see how the lessons go before attending to that. The lessons will not go well without a playable instrument.
  2. Make a commitment to attend your weekly lessons; to arrive a few minutes before the lesson is due to begin and to be properly prepared.
  3. Dedicate yourself to practicing regularly (see many of the other posts in this blog for helpful information). Your teacher will give you weekly assignments and help you to understand how to practice.
  4. Know that playing music is very satisfying and that practice can be hard work and that the more you practice the more satisfaction you will derive!
  5. There is work involved in the learning process. Know that and approach it with a positive attitude.
  6. Little will be accomplished by just attending lessons without practicing; working on your assignment at home in preparation for your next lesson. Your actual lesson time is for review of previous assignments and  the introduction of new material.
  7. Communication is essential. Get engaged. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. The more involved you are, the better the outcome.

You have made the all important first step of beginning your music lessons. These simple expectations will help to set you on a successful path.

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