Tools for Success; Guitar Program Level 1; Takamine Guitars; and Fall Lessons Scheduling
Tools for Success
You can't learn how to play baseball using a soccer ball. Football pads won't help you be a better golfer. Ballet toe shoes aren't going to work for tap class.
To be successful in any class, sport, or activity, you must have the right tools.
For students taking music lessons, that means the right teacher, the right music book, and the right instrument.
Having the right teacher is integral to the success of a student. Not all teachers are alike. I am not a teacher anyone would ever say is soft. I'm tough on my students and hold them accountable. If they say they'll do something, I expect them to do it. Because of my approach, I find I do well with upper middle and high school kids.
Other teachers are gentler, they have higher energy, and are fantastic with elementary school children.
Neither style of teaching is "right," they're just different and equally needed.
Likewise, it isn't "wrong" to change teachers. Sometimes, a teaching style that worked for your child before, isn't working now. It's nothing personal, maybe we just need to take a new approach to inspiring and encouraging a student.
As our students move through their lessons, they'll complete one book and move on to the next. The use of books is also important - it shows consistent, linear progress, which reinforces for the student what they're learning. Having the right book will keep focus and encourage students to continue working.
Finally, having the right instrument is also important. Many families of guitar students chose to spend as little as they can when they start. They want to make sure their child is invested before spending a lot. This is completely understandable.
But, if a child starts out on a guitar from a box store like Walmart, chances are that guitar is really a toy. It won't take long for that student to outgrow their instrument. Many times, those instruments look like guitars, but they'll never really play in tune or play properly. Now that we've established the student is engaged and loves playing, let's upgrade to the right gear to make them successful.
Not all guitars are created equal, however. Simply picking one that looks pretty might not be the best approach. (And beware of online reviews - anyone can write a review. Competitors can review your product and make it look bad. Employees of companies can review a product to make it look good. Honest reviewers can write a review, but they may be using the instrument for a totally different purpose that you are.) Go somewhere you trust, somewhere that you've established a relationship with the sales team. Sit down with your child and try out a few models. Find the one that fits best, is in your budget, and meets the musical needs and goals of your student.
This fall, set your student up for success. Take a look at your musical educational experience. Are you with the right teacher? Is you child being challenged and encouraged? Do you have the right tools for success?
Music Authority's lessons program is a leveled system that teaches the fundamentals, encourages performance, and meets national standards for music education. Has your child passed guitar level one yet?
- Have a method book
- Read on the first three strings
- Understand 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures
- Understand whole, half, and quarter note values
- Know the following chords: C, G, D, E, Am, Dm, Em
- Participate in a concert or recital
- Pass your final jury (test)
Takamine guitars are quality guitars at the right price. For beginners and intermediate players alike, these guitars will last you a lifetime. Come in and try one out today!
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Fall Lessons Scheduling
If you need to change your schedule for fall, we recommend that you do it as soon as possible.
We did not experience the drop off of lessons over the summer, so fall space is extremely limited. Call 770-886-9066 or stop by the front desk to make changes to your schedule.
If your current schedule works, you need not do anything. Your schedule will stay the same.