Get The Most Out Of Violin Lessons
So you decided to take violin lessons. That’s great, I’m happy for you! You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime, and I want you to make the most out of it. But let’s make it clear: lessons are important, really important, and your teacher is there to help you reach your potential, but they are not going to do the work for you. That’s on you!
In this article, I want to give you a few pointers so you make the most out of your lessons.
Pay Full Attention
Seems obvious, but don’t overlook it. Stay present in your lesson and absorb as much as you can from your teacher. It may seem overwhelming at the beginning, but it all will start making sense. Be patient, listen to their feedback, and make sure you understand all.
Taking notes will help your understanding. If you are paying attention, you will find there are things that need to be memorized, and the first step for that is to write them down. Review them often and your brain will start making sense of it all. If some things are still unclear just remember that your teacher is there to help you succeed, so ask some questions!
Don’t be shy, the worst thing you can do is to keep something for yourself because you don’t want to look dumb. That’s nonsense! Your teacher works with beginners all the time, so they are used to getting asked seemingly simple questions. You won’t bother them, the opposite is true, they will see you are engaged and will be eager to help you understand better. A “dumb” question can save you from years of frustration down the line.
I won’t talk much about practice, I will redirect you to a couple of articles that deal with that in more depth:
- What’s So Hard About Playing The Violin?
- How Long Until I Can Play The Violin?
- Can I Learn To Play Violin By Myself?
Also, remember to ask questions. Yes, practice questions as well!
Rember to Play
This is what you are waiting for. All the lessons and practicing are just so you can do this. And let me tell you a secret: you don’t need to wait to get “good”, you should be playing from day one!. I’m not saying to book a concert after your first lesson, I’m just talking about making music. Take everything you learn and try to make it as musical as possible. Play your exercises as your teacher tells you, but then forget about the “rules” and see what you can come up with. That “discovery” is where the magic of music is, and the sooner you start doing it, the better your overall playing will get. Sooner than you think you could be forming a band with some of your friends!
Your Child’s Lessons
This is for parents. You should help your children apply everything I wrote in this article. But be careful of not turning it into mere homework, because it can be much more than that. Make it a game, and adventure, and join them if you can. That will make them fall in love with music, and they will thank you for it.
If you are still doubting if you should book piano lessons, I encourage you to contact one of our experienced teachers. They will help you decide, and hopefully, you will jump the boat and schedule a class. If you do, read through the article again and put it into practice.
We also have a long list of piano teachers for kids. Take a look and try for yourself!