Private Lessons - Finding the Right Teacher

There are as many styles of teaching as there are teachers. There are as many styles of learning as there are students. Finding a teacher with whom you or your child connects easily is a key component in successful musical studies. Many teachers will offer a trial lesson (often for free) in order to assess the compatibility between teacher and student. A good teacher should understand if you decide they are not the right person for you or your child. Things to look for in a teacher: - How much experience teaching does this person have? Sometimes beginning teachers are not the best teachers for beginning students (especially very young ones). - Does this person perform regularly? A teacher wh

Private Lessons - How to get through "I Want to Quit"

Every student, even the most motivated, will go through periods when he or she doesn't want to practice and speaks about quitting their lessons. These periods can last for a few days or even up to a month. The most common occurrence is when the "thrill" of taking lessons wears off (can be in a few months or up to a couple of years after beginning lessons), and the child must transition between being in love with their instrument to loving the instrument (much like a relationship). Keep the following in mind: - Kids enjoy their lessons MORE when they are practicing regularly. - The less drama you create about the situation, the easier it will be to get through it. Be certain to listen to your

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