Goals of the Studio
The primary goal of music instruction is to help students acquire the necessary information to master an instrument. Learning how to play and read music is like learning a language; your brain develops new pathways to process the information. The intent of private instruction allows the student to:
- Learn how to practice playing an instrument
- Acquire sight-reading experience
- Master playing in a public setting through recitals
- Develop listening skills through ear-training activities
- Cultivate dexterity with finger exercises
- Encourage creativity through composition and improvisation
- Gain a foundation of musical knowledge through theory instruction
- Realize the differences between composers, styles of music and historical significance of specific music pieces
The studio seeks to provide an all-encompassing approach when it comes to music instruction. The instructor provides dedicated and patient teaching methods to help the student understand any musical concept.
Responsibility of the Student
As the instructor spends her time providing dedicated instruction, the student must accept the instruction and have a willingness to learn. Additionally students must:
- Complete daily practice and keep track of the practice in their workbook.
- Be prepared each week for the lesson, bringing all necessary books and materials
- Clean hands before each lesson. Keep fingernails trimmed short to ensure the proper hand position on the instrument.
- Arrive to the lesson on-time.
Failure to comply in the above-mentioned responsibilities can result in a permanent dismissal. Dependable and committed students will excel, but those who exhibit chronic lack of enthusiasm by not following the basic responsibilities will not be tolerated.
Responsibility of the Parent
Incorporating music into your child’s everyday life will help stimulate excitement and curiosity about music. Many students are initially excited about taking music lessons, but the novelty can wear off over time. You can help your child maintain an interest in music by encouraging the following:
- Setting a regular, daily practice time for your child. This place should be free from outside distractions.
- Supervise the daily practice period by offering support, asking questions and helping your student complete the lesson.
- Encouraging the student with praise and offering the instructor feedback and suggestions to help further your child’s instruction.
- Playing recordings of quality music.
- Ensuring your child arrives in time for the lesson.
Actively involving yourself in your child’s lesson plan will help both the instructor and the child to gain more from weekly lessons.