5 questions you should ask before signing up your child for music lessons:
Here are 5 Great questions you can ask when looking at a music school for your child.
Are there opportunities for your child to play in a recital at least once a year?
Every child loves to make their parents/grandparents proud of them. Recitals do just that. It’s a time of pictures, video, and proud parents. Recitals WILL keep your child motivated too. When they see that older, more advanced kid playing that REALLY hard song it will motivate them. They will go home and start practicing and want to get better. It really does work.
Can they earn trophies and certificates for their accomplishments?
What child doesn’t like getting recognition?? This is a critical part of the lessons experience. Trophies may seem silly to a parent, but children go NUTS over them. They work. In fact, they work so well that some kids will stick with lessons for YEARS so that they can win EVERY possible trophy. All the while, of course, they are becoming good musicians… :)
Does the teacher make the lessons fun?
This is paramount. If your child does not have fun, then they will not stick with it. Period. A good teacher understands this and will make every effort to make the lessons fun.
Are there opportunities for them to play with other kids in a group setting once in a while?
While I’m not an advocate of weekly group lessons, I do think it is good for kids to play with other musicians occasionally. It gives them perspective, camaraderie, encouragement, and sometimes a little humility.
Are there options for them to learn multiple instruments if they can’t make up their mind?
It’s important for kids to have the freedom to try different instruments. And the best time to do it is when they express an interest! You want to find a teacher or group of teachers that will be able to offer multiple instrument options.
By David Martin
Director at Happy Valley Arts Academy
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