I wanted to share some tips that I have noticed can really help my students enjoy and advance quickly with their music studies.
Please bring your books, all notes from previous lessons, and your instrument with you to every lesson. While I do have extra books and instruments in the event that they are forgotten, the value of your lesson increases greatly when you have your own equipment.
Having a quality, properly fitting, and well-maintained instrument is essential to the success of any music student. Guitars and basses need to be inspected and adjusted by a professional once per year. Guitar strings need to be changed at least once every a month and bass strings at least every 6 months. For more advanced students who practice more strings will need to be replace more frequently.
For beginning music students I recommend that they try to practice at least 20-30 minutes two to three times per week. In the last several years, I have made observations and received some helpful insights from students and their families that I thought I might share. Some things that have helped maintain a students motivation to practice include:
Scheduling practice time into your weekly routine (ex. practice for 20mins at 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.)
It is much better to have multiple short practice sessions in your week rather than one long session.
Having a routine encourages a student build the good habit of sitting down to practice. Beginning is often the hardest part of a practice session. Many of our best practice sessions begin with no motivation and turn out to be extremely fun and productive.
Though it can be tempting to play what we already know, it is highly important to work on what your instructor has advised you to practice. Improving our weaknesses makes music enables us to do more and makes music more fun.
Removing the instrument from its case and storing it in a prominent location in the home such as the living room can help keep our musical goals in sight and in mind.
Regularly attending live music events can be one of the best ways to build motivation and will expand knowledge and joy around music.
Playing music with friends or joining a group can be a huge motivator.
Performing for your friends and family can be really enjoyable and get them involved in your interest.