As a teacher, I experience inner conflict or dissonance, if you will, when an enthusiastic bright-eyed learner begins lessons with a keyboard as the home instrument. I thrive on bringing music into the life of this person, developing the ability to play, no matter the type of instrument. Yet, so often just around the corner, there arises a reluctance to practise followed by teacher and/or parental pressure to “nag” about this much-needed practice. The student’s initial enthusiasm wanes. Could a key motivator for the learner be the quality of sound produced by the instrument?
When interviewing prospective Lewis Eady music teachers, one of the questions I ask is –
Is there anything from your experience of learning to play your instrument, you now ensure you bring to your lessons? The answer is almost always the same.
‘Allow some space for my students to be creative, to try out something new, play with a song or share somethingthey have discovered.’
Wise advice I believe for not only music lessons but all other aspects of learning...
As at the beginning of any new journey, children will always be excited about their first music lesson. They’ll be prepared with new equipment (e.g. guitar, piano book or ukulele) and brimming with enthusiasm and a sense of excited anticipation about meeting their new teacher and getting started!
Learning anything new however goes beyond the lesson. What is learned in each session needs to be mastered at home – with practice, so that each week progress can be made.
Here are some tips that will keep you and your child on track for a great musical experience, swift progress - and no more nagging!