Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Know your goals. Make a commitment - learning music is a journey, not a short trip. You will be rewarded for your effort beyond your dreams. The better you become, the more enjoyable it will be.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. When choosing a doctor, you look not just for someone who treats you but for someone who cures you. Similarly, when choosing a music teacher, you should look for a person or a school that doesn’t just give lessons but one that teaches you to understand and maximize your abilities and your instrument, to love and appreciate music and provide many different opportunities to experience music in your life.
We have some tips for selecting the right teacher for you:
Music Schools vs Individual Teachers:
In general, most music schools provide more opportunities for their students than an individual teacher can. A school environment allows students to interact and learn from each other, play in orchestras and ensembles, study different musical subjects, perform and compete, etc. Schools also provide a more stable and structured learning environment and more accountability. You can always switch instructors and/or instruments without disruption and you can be sure to continue receiving a quality music education.
What to look for in a school or teacher:
Look at the achievements of the teacher’s or school’s other students. Not only is it an indicator of teaching abilities it is also a motivator. Like in sports, playing on a winning team with good players not only feels good, but makes everyone on the team to play better.
Look for performance opportunities. If students perform frequently at various public events, it means that the instructors are proud of their students’ achievements and give them many opportunities to showcase their skills and earn some applause. At the end of the day, music is a performing art.
Look for growth opportunities. Many teachers can get students up to a certain level of proficiency after which their ability to develop them stops. Therefore, you need to look at whether a teacher or school has the skills to take students to the highest levels of their own abilities and whether there are opportunities for increasing challenges.
Look for a learning environment. What activities do students participate in besides taking lessons? Are there any field trips, master classes, joint performances with dance groups or other activities that make learning music fun and educational at the same time?