- Your music teacher can make all the difference
Think back to your favourite teachers at school or university. Why were they your favourite? Did you enjoy the subject you were learning MORE, because of that teacher? Did they inspire you? Did they help you learn and become better at what you were studying?
The same goes for music teachers! Music lessons should be fun and exciting. They should be encouraging, inspire your children and help them learn in the most effective way possible. Gone are the days of playing boring scales 20 times in a row, and getting your hand slapped with a ruler if you made a mistake. Lessons now include interactive activities with your teacher, movement and singing… all which help your children learn to play their instrument better. Building a good relationship between teacher and student is what is most important.
- Excellent musicians are not automatically excellent teachers
Performing is a completely different skill to teaching. There are many outstanding musicians who don’t enjoy teaching or working with children, or are less competent in doing so. On the flip side, there are many average musicians who are just brilliant with working with children! It takes a special kind of person to be able to relate with children, to explain things simply in a way they can understand, without confusing them (this is actually a lot harder than it sounds), make lessons fun and exciting and still ensure your children are learning and progressing.
- You get what you pay for
There will always be Uncle Bob who plays the guitar, or Mrs Smith down the road who teaches the piano for fun. Your children could definitely learn something from them, but generally, this does not compare to the quality and level of teaching from a trained teacher. Professional teachers undergo training and continually improve their teaching skills by attending professional development workshops that keep them updated on the latest and best teaching techniques. They know the best methods to teach your children, and the fastest way to achieve the best results.