When looking to learn a new instrument you will also be researching to select a music teacher. When selecting a music teacher there are a few things you will want to keep in mind. Finding the perfect teacher may take some time but in the end, it is all worth it. Here are a few tips when selecting a music teacher.
Ask questions when meeting the music teacher.
There is nothing wrong with asking questions of a teacher who may be teaching you how to play a new instrument. There are teachers who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. By asking questions this proves that you are really interested in learning and how the teacher goes about teaching. Does the teacher start with the very basics? Does the teacher help the student to avoid confusion? These are just a couple of the questions that you can ask the teacher while at the initial interview.
How many students has the teacher taught in the past?
It is good to know what experience the music teacher has and how many students the teacher has worked with. Have some of the students entered a professional music career after studying with this teacher? If the teacher does not have a lot of experience it is best to find another teacher. Learning music is a huge investment of time and you want to learn the right way to do things right from the beginning. Learning mistakes and then having to ‘unlearn’ them is difficult.
Group Lessons or Private Lessons
There are teachers who only teach group lessons. Group lessons may be the more affordable way to learn. But, there are students who want to have private lessons and are willing to pay a little more. Be sure to ask the music teacher which types of lessons are offered.
Cost is not everything.
Because one teacher is more expensive than the others it does not mean the teacher has more credentials or is better. Be sure to shop around and look for the best music teacher to fit our needs. By all means, do not choose a music teacher based solely on location. So many people have done this and were disappointed in the end. Some have been so disappointed that they have given up the lessons. Research and speak with the teachers before you obligate yourself to a specific one.
Is there a certain brand of instrument that you would prefer to stick with? For instance, if you want to play piano but only want to learn on the Yamaha brands, is that okay with the music instructor? Certain music teachers will only use a specific brand of instruments so be sure to ask before you accept or sign up for lessons.
Selecting a music teacher will take some time if you meet with them and ask questions. By doing your research, you will be happier in the end and enjoy your lessons.