Please keep these 3 things in mind as you begin your musical studies:
1. Consistency – It is in the students’ best interest to attend a consistent weekly group classes or private lessons. When students know when to expect their group music class or private lesson, they are able to plan weekly practice times at home to come better prepared the following week. This helps with steady progress, a calmer learning environment, a better understanding of what is being taught, and ultimately helps students achieve their goals at a more rapid pace.
2. Practice at Home – Practicing is essential to improve, advance, and achieve musical goals. Most students will not practice on their own. This is normal, but it doesn’t mean your child doesn’t like music. No one really likes to practice because you have to repeat the same things over and over, but that is how you get good at something, no matter what the activity is. Not wanting to practice is no different from not wanting to do homework, eat vegetables, or go to bed. Children need their parents to consistently remind them, encourage them, and support them as they are learning so they can develop good habits. The more practice can be integrated in your child’s daily routines, the more growth in musical ability you will see.
3. Communication – Parents may sit in on lessons, wait in the waiting areas, or drop off students for lessons. However, please be sure to check in with your teacher at least once a month to talk about student progress, upcoming performance opportunities, and any concerns you may have. Your teacher is the third essential part of the parent-child-teacher triangle for musical achievement. If you have any administrative, scheduling, billing, other questions and concerns, or will be absent, please be sure to contact the LSM office. 661-222-2239