This is the first in a two part series written by one of our awesome teachers, Wendy! Special thanks to Wendy for contributing to our blog. 🙂
Getting the Most Out of Your Private Music Lessons
by Wendy Jeffries
Private lessons are an investment, whether in yourself or in your child. Do you want to make sure it is a fruitful investment? Then take a moment to look over these tips for getting the most that you can out of the lesson time. If your child is the one taking lessons, consider talking these ideas over with them.
1. Ask Questions. There are no silly questions. It’s a common and natural fear to think that asking a question will make you look stupid or betray a lack of knowledge. But just the opposite is true. Asking questions shows a desire for understanding. Inquisitiveness and curiosity are admirable qualities that are especially appreciated by teachers that want to see their student succeed. Asking questions also helps us better shape the lesson to fit each student’s specific needs. Teachers depend on some level of intuition but it’s always nice to be told straight up if you’re confused about something. Ask us to clarify. We will be happy to do so.
2. Give it Time. Everyone gives a different measurement go how much time you should give a new venture to see how it will work for you, but the principle remains the same in any case: anything worth doing will inevitably receive some resistance. Don’t allow yourself the option of quitting or changing instruments until you’ve given yourself enough time to truly assess your interest. Set a goal for yourself of 8 weeks, 6 months, a year. But once you set the goal stick to it. Then you can look back and be amazed at what you’ve accomplished!
Wendy’s Profile: http://www.musicalitynetwork.com/teachers/wendy/
The Musicality Network is a Portland, Oregon based network of private music teachers, teaching a wide variety of instruments including Piano lessons, Guitar lessons, Drum lessons, Violin lessons, Voice lessons, and more! Our teachers can drive to your house, and we service the entire Portland Metro Area, including Vancouver, Clackamas, Troutdale, Gresham, Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City and more!