How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had many teachers along the way. Some good and some not so good. I noticed that the most teachers and teaching studios were using the same methods that have been used for the past 200 years. I knew that students deserved better results for the practice time they put in and studies the differences between average students and the most successful. It wasn't talent that separated them, but other simple factors. With that study and experience over the past 20 years, I was able to increase student success rates and progress to above average levels.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Here are a few tips to get your child started on a musical path:
1. Let Your Child Decide - Let your child decide what instrument they are interested in. The benefits of music lessons aren't limited to a few instruments. The choices are tremendous and no matter what they choose they will reap the rewards.
2. Lead By Example - Try playing an instrument yourself. Kids mimic their parents and seeing you might inspire and motivate them.
3. Employ a Professional - Don't just take lessons from anyone. Just because your neighbor's nephew can play the guitar doesn't mean he's qualified to teach it. Look for private music schools in your area that employ professional musicians.
4. You Don't Have To Spend a Lot - No need to buy a new instrument, try renting first to test the waters and give yourself time to get educated on what to buy. Your instructor can give you advice on what to look for.
5. Have Fun - Most importantly don't forget that even though music studies help with academics it still should be fun. Music is a social hobby and builds self esteem so enjoy it and have a good time while you learn.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish parents knew that there is a difference between a great musician and a great teacher. With the internet, the barrier to teaching has lowered and many mediocre "teachers" have set up shop. Most of them will do more harm than good with their lack of teaching skills. Please be sure to only trust a professional teacher or you may be wasting your time and money.