How to Get the Most Out of Your Music Lessons

How to Get the Most Out of Your Music Lessons from Monster Music

By: Monster Music  24-Oct-2012
Keywords: Musical Instruments, Music Education, Music Lessons

Over years of being involved in learning, teaching, and playing music, we have identified patterns that can help anyone get the most out of their music lessons. Here are a few tips and traits that seem to be common for most musicians. It’s not essential, but it is recommended that you start your child on music lessons as early as possible. A study showed that the time between birth and five years of age is the most influential time for learning music. Obviously, a baby can’t play piano, but the rule of thumb is this: as soon as the child can focus longer than twenty minutes and is able to follow directions, he or she can probably benefit from music lessons. The next thing is essential, and we’ve said it a few times on this blog: practice, practice, practice. Practice should be a habit. Students should have a regular practice time every day. The only exception is if they become so obsessed that they don’t need to schedule time. In this case, obsession is a good thing. While we’re on the subject, practice and music should be fun. You have to like or love what you are doing. If you don’t like to practice, you might be learning from the wrong teacher, trying to learn the wrong instrument, or trying to learn the wrong style. We’re not saying that you don’t have to be serious about learning, but we also don’t want you to dread practicing. Ideally, learning a piece is its own reward. Usually, if you are learning something you really want to learn, or you are able to see how learning a basic piece will allow you to learn what you really want to learn, practicing will be fun. To really learn, you need to focus on your musical education. The most important aspect to this focus is finding the right music teachers in Melbourne, Perth, or wherever you are. You must find a teacher you can follow and then trust them to teach you what you need to know. This leads us to the last trait, and one that is a requirement: you must ask your teacher questions. Communication has to run both ways. If you don’t let your teacher know what you want, he or she has to guess. Get the most out of your music lessons: ask questions.

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