Learning to play a musical instrument can often seem overwhelming. With learning anything new there are a few important things to remember. First, patience is a must. Learning to play any instrument is not going to happen overnight. It takes lots of hard work and dedication. With anything that is worth having, it is important to be motivated as well as being willing to take the time to practice regularly. When first getting started, the first few months can seem discouraging or as though progress isn’t what was anticipated. Learning and training your mind and body takes time. It is important to keep going and not give up at this point. Things can always seem tough in the beginning, but by practicing and committing to keep going to your lessons your patience will be rewarded!
It is also important to pay attention during your lessons. Often lesson times may seem as though there just isn’t enough time. Your instructor is there to teach you the skills and techniques required for success. The real work is done at home during practice time. Long lessons can often cause children to become unfocused and ends up being a supervised practice rather than instructional period. Our instructors pack a lot of information into a short period of time. Some students find it helpful to take notes during their lessons to be used later during practice. The quicker a student can master one component they can move onto the next. Being attentive and carefully attempting to understand new concepts or drills makes learning easier on students, parents and instructors.
For a child that is receiving a music education but does not possess motivation or desire, practicing can be a chore. For these students it is important to make lessons and practice time enjoyable through interesting music. Another strategy is to offer rewards and encouragement for hard work. Even if the song they play for you is unrecognizable after working on it for weeks parents should be supportive and reward the desirable behaviors with a special outing or other reward. For children it is important for them to know that good habits and hard work are recognized.