Music lessons can be an expensive investment; you have to pay for the instrument and materials that go along with it, upkeep, lessons etc. With the money you’re spending on lessons, it’s definitely a good idea to make sure you’re making the most of each lesson!
Here are some tips to make the most of music lessons.
1. Begin music lessons at the right age. Adults can begin lessons at anytime because their success is based on their dedication. For children, they need to be mentally and physically able to play an instrument. Starting a three year old out with vocal lessons isn’t a great idea because they aren’t developed enough to get everything from the lessons.
2. Take private in home music lessons. With group lessons or lessons in a classroom setting, students do not get much one-on-one time. If you’re trying to get the most you can out of each music lesson, private lessons are the way to go.
3. Make sure you have a qualified instructor. If you want to learn to play the piano like a professional but you’re getting music lessons from someone only qualified to teach beginners, then you won’t progress past beginner level. Not qualified instructors could also teach you bad habits, which would be hard to break later. It’s best to learn from a qualified instructor from the beginning if you would like to progress quickly and efficiently.
4. Use practice time wisely. Don’t sit and practice your instrument in front of the TV or try to cram in practice right before bed. Set aside designated time each day to practice your instrument and always practice in the same place. If you’re practicing at the same time in the same place, practice will become routine.
5. Have fun! If you hate practicing or taking music lessons, then you’re not going to want to progress. Try finding a different teacher that uses different techniques before giving up on lessons. Sometimes a new teacher can make things fun again!