A Music Teacher Resource
Below I have compiled a music teacher resource that will guide you through choosing the best music teacher for you or your child.
Like any form of education a perfect teacher for one child may not be a good fit for another child. If you need to try a few lessons with different teachers don't be shy. It's an important decision and finding the right teacher makes learning music SO much more fun..
Choosing a Music Teacher
How Do I Find the Right Teacher?
You’ll want a teacher who will inspire and nurture a student’s musical growth and instill lifelong love of music. When seeking a music teacher:
* Consult with friends, family and others who who are acquainted with teachers in your community.
* Ask for recommendations from local music teacher organizations, music stores, schools or churches. They often the best music teacher resource.
* Arrange to interview prospective teachers, in person if possible, before making a commitment.
* Ask permission to attend a recital of the prospective teacher’s students.
How do I Interview Prospective Teachers?
Teachers are willing and eager to explain their techniques and objectives. The following are types of questions to ask during the interview:
* What is your professional and educational experience in music?
* What is your teaching experience? What age groups do you teach?
* Do you regularly evaluate student progress?
* What instructional materials do you use?
* What kinds of music do you teach?
* What other elements are part of your teaching curriculum?
* Do you offer group lessons?
* Do you require students to perform in studio recitals during the year?
* Do you offer other performance opportunities for your students, such as festivals and competitions?
* Do you use technology in your studio, such as computers, music instruction software, digital keyboards?
* How much practice time do you require each day?
* What do you expect of your students? Their parents?
How is Music Beneficial for All Learners
Today there are unprecedented reasons for making music a part of everyone’s life.
Students taking music lessons now will determine the place of music in the world and the value society places on music tomorrow. Regardless of what these students ultimately choose a profession, music making will remain a part of their lives, whether it’s listening to music, attending concerts or serving as leaders in arts associations, and community and church music programs.
Benefits of Music Study:
* Hearing music stimulates the mind.
* Music instruction enhances abstract reasoning skills.
* Grade school students who took music lessons generally scored higher on cognitive development tests.
* In older people, music helps lower depression and decreases loneliness.
* Playing an instrument strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
* Music lessons teach discipline, dedication and enable students to achieve goals.