Choose your teacher: not so simple …
When you decide to learn and play a musical instrument, you have to find a “good” teacher. Even if you think you can learn everything from home behind a computer screen, a relationship between a teacher and a student seems to be in no doubt. Indeed, a music course is above all the meeting and sharing between a teacher and his student, a story that can last several months, even years. But be careful, do not read what I have not written :-): you can of course consult online sites or even courses in addition, but keep a teacher to make sure you are in the right direction.
Learning music is not done in a day. It takes time , patience , encouragement , disappointments that must be managed and listened to .
A teacher also allows and above all to acquire a good foundation. Nothing is worse than taking bad habits, which can often happen with an online learning method.
What is a good music teacher?
A “good” teacher is not necessarily the first prize of the most talented conservatory of his generation, it is primarily one that will give the student the basics and correct it if necessary. He must therefore have a “true” pedagogy , a “real” method . He must be able to adapt, find solutions to the specific problems of his student because there are sometimes several ways and ways to explain. He must also find the scores that are of interest to advance his student while maintaining his motivation. Being a teacher is not a job to make ends meet , you have to know how to structure learning, to have a progression; in short, it can not be improvised !
The “good” teacher is therefore the one who will best suit the student , both in the “human” relationship and in the clarity of the explanations given, in listening and adapting. It is, as I said at the beginning, above all a human adventure.
As in any discipline, the first goal of the teacher is to convey his passion and experience. He must do so with an open mind, be attentive to the student while remaining rigorous. He can also work classical songs while sometimes allowing a slightly different repertoire. In any case, it is necessary on both sides to accept some liberties.
Thanks to the teacher, a student can also learn or at least “practice” music theory , revise notions of music theory with exercises (like reading music notes , – you can also read our advice for reading notes – the rhythm, the deciphering …), to work technical exercises while choosing partitions more or less difficult but that it will judge necessary for the student progresses. Always keep in perspective the progress of the student and not doing exercises to do exercises. Only a good teacher can have an objective opinion of your level and know what exercises to do to fill some gaps.
This relationship must be followed and regular. Again, music can not be learned in a day , it can take several years to learn and if the method is good, then progress will be visible from month to month. This satisfaction will be as much shared by the student as by the teacher. If you want to appreciate your progress, I advise you to shoot every 6 months. At first, you will not see too many changes but over time, you will be surprised and proud to see your progress. The teacher remains the only solution to progress in music , yet it is necessary to find the “good”!
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Here are some pointers and tips to conclude:
Motivation and seriousness
No need to take classes if you are not ” sincerely and seriously” motivated , if your desire is not real at the risk of wasting your time and money. Learning music is an idea that reflects a little because it requires an investment (the instrument itself, partitions, courses …) and hopefully for several years (so your time).
From the moment you take classes, you should observe a certain regularity (see next point) and take advantage of this time to take stock of your progress. It is not during the class time that you will progress significantly, but this hour is essential to guide you, advise you, encourage you, you “unlock” … But the work, it is above all and especially at home !
So you have to be serious about your work and do it carefully. Even if you are regular to visit your teacher, if you do not work, then this course will have little interest.
As in any learning, have goals to achieve : it can be a score to play that has some known difficulties, or play in public for an occasion (birthday, wedding, gift to his spouse or children, join a group …) etc.
Do not take classes intermittently and try to be regular. This regularity must also be observed in your work: working every day 30 minutes 6 days a week is much more “profitable” than once 3 hours .
Seeing his teacher every week “forces” you somewhere to work during the week. If the sessions are too far apart, then it’s like sports, we go less and less to not go at all. The regularity of the courses marks the rhythm. Do not look for excuses and if you have not had time to work, it does not matter, say it and your teacher will adapt.
Your motivation will be even greater if you have respect and admiration for your teacher. It can be on his game but also on his explanations, his pedagogy and his ability to make you progress. But beware: it can hardly be seen in 1 hour or 1 month: it takes a step back to draw conclusions. Allow yourself some time for reflection, hence the importance of the initial choice.
Choose your teacher and keep it for a moment
To follow the previous point, avoid changing teacher too often or too quickly teacher, give yourself a little time to see what it gives. Again, do not engage in a relationship so from the start, you doubt it. It is for this reason also that we must not rush.