Giving Music Lessons: All You Need To Know

Posted by on January 16, 2014 with 0 Comments

Giving Music Lessons: All You Need To Know

~By Joel

For those of us that are passionate about creating music, providing musical lessons to beginners seems like an ideal way to make some money. After all, you can make your own schedule, have full control over your workload and share your interest with others. However, your enthusiasm alone is not enough to make you a genuinely good teacher. Here are some things to think about to make your lessons as profitable as possible, for yourself and your students. Continue Reading «Giving Music Lessons: All You…»

How to Encourage Children to Practice their Instrument

Posted by on November 14, 2013 with 4 Comments

The ability to play a musical instrument is a gift that can last a lifetime, but sometimes children can view practice as a chore that takes a lifetime. It’s important for them to view practice as an enjoyable learning experience instead of a mandatory work session. There are many things parents can do to encourage children to practice their instrument of choice and instill a love of music.

Choose the Right Instrument  Encourage Children to Practice their Instrument

It should go without saying that your child should play the instrument they are interested in. Work with your child to make the right choice, but do keep in mind that some instruments may be difficult for children to play. For instance, the violin requires a certain degree of technical skill and large instruments like the tuba are simply too big for smaller children. You can talk to your school band director or music teacher for ideas. Some may let your child try an instrument out before you decide to move forward with lessons.

Set up a Place to Play

It’s best to have a place set aside for music practice, one that’s free of clutter and distractions. A pleasant and relaxed atmosphere is more conducive for creativity than a dark basement or messy bedroom. Make sure there’s a good light source and your child has everything he or she needs to practice, such as a music stand and all related musical equipment. You don’t need to get a construction estimation for a whole new room, just work with what you have.

Stick to a Schedule

If children adhere to a regular practice schedule, it will become part of their routine and will be easier to stick with. Determine the best time of day.  All children are different; some may prefer to practice in the morning before school, some may prefer after dinner.  Even if they only have 10 minutes, make sure to get it in. It’s better to have a short session every day than a longer session only a couple of times a week. This helps children form a better connection with their instrument.

Give Positive Reinforcement

Try to be present when your child practices and express interest in what they are learning. Praise them for every step forward and encourage other family members to applaud your music student’s efforts. Positive reinforcement goes a long way and gives the child a sense of pride. On the other hand, keep any negative comments to yourself. It takes time to master an instrument, and your child’s teacher will help him or her with any problems that come up. There will be ups and downs, and your child may get discouraged at times. Just remind your child that her time and effort will pay off.

Don’t Bribe, but Do Reward

Avoid things like sticker charts that make music practice seem like a chore. Instead, reward your child for a job well done by taking him to see a musical performance of their choice. Concerts, musicals or even live music at a restaurant are all things your budding musician will enjoy. Make music fun, and your child will be more likely to stick with it and enjoy playing for a lifetime.

Scott Huntington is a writer, reporter, blogger, and percussionist, specializing in marimba. He currently lives in PA and with his wife and son. Follow Scott at @SMHuntington

Too Young for Music?

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 0 Comments

Too Young for Music? How Young Is Too Young For Kids To Pick Up Musical Instruments?

 From celebrated classical music to rock n’ roll, kids are picking up music faster than ever, and as a parent you may be wondering how early you can get your child interested in learning a musical instrument. While many factors vary from child to child, if your child has the attention span to follow a lesson, there’s no reason not to start him or her down the musical path as early as possible.

STARTING EARLY

Even before your child is able to hold an instrument, you can get him or her excited about it by exposing your child to music early. Singing and playing music yourself, or playing music through a stereo, will get them interested and help their later lessons feel natural.

Toy instruments will get them started, too, and you may find that percussion instruments such as small drums or a toy xylophone will allow your child to experiment before he or she can even pick up a violin or guitar.

For more ideas on how and where to add music to your child’s life, check out local venues for live concerts, or try showing them how bands work with resource sites like SonicBids.

MAKING NEW FRIENDS

Even the most rudimentary of musicians can learn more quickly and with better engagement in a group. If your child is looking for other children to interact with who share a common interest, small clubs or the musical programs at his or her school can be a great way to keep your child motivated and excited about music.

A good teacher will also be able to find what motivates your child to practice, and the best music teachers connect with their students on a friendly level rather than intimidating. Look for a teacher with a strong rapport with your child, and your child will be getting excited for basic lessons, too.

 HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG FOR AN INSTRUMENT?

Playing a musical instrument is complicated, but fun, and with a good attention span, a child can stay focused on a lesson long enough to begin learning the basics. Most professionals recommend seven years old as a good age to get started, but you could easily begin showing your child the basics around four or five, if you can hold his or her focus.

Simple, focused lessons and plenty of excitement generated by mom and dad will help your child get into music early, and continue enjoying it for a lifetime!


This article was written by Kandace Heller

 

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Beginner Piano Lessons

Posted by on August 22, 2013 with 1 Comments

If you are thinking about starting beginner piano lessons for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect in your lessons. The first few piano lessons, regardless if they are in a traditional private lesson, a group piano class, or even a method of self-study, usually focus on a few simple concepts and exercises to get the absolutely new piano player started. Continue Reading «Beginner Piano Lessons»

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