Monday, April 4, 2011
Does Consistency in Music Lessons mean having to have the same teacher for years?
Ok. So many people seem to have the impression that having a "good and consistent" musical education means having that one teacher from age 8 through graduation day. While that has its benefits, it is not necessary and probably not the best idea in continuing to grow and learn.
Think of it this way. If you are in a school classroom in Kindergarten and the principal says to you, "Good news! We have placed you with an excellent teacher. Mrs. Didson. Everyone loves her! She will be teaching you from now through your senior year." What would your reaction be?
Does it seem like a good idea to never interject another set of strategies, opinions, new knowledge, etc.? Of course not! Why then do we have this concept that learning a musical instrument is any different?
As a professional performing musician we all have had several musical tutors. We seek out as many great musicians and teachers to learn from as possible.
So what is a parent to do when that special teacher suddenly tells you they are no longer able to continue teaching? No worries.
This is part of the benefit of belonging to a professional music education service. The consistency comes then not in the particular educator assigned to you but in the concept that a baseline of education, background and philosophy has been created by the company and when circumstances change (yours OR the instructors) they send another qualified instructor that is briefed and will pick up at your day and time and continue and amplify the instruction you have already had.
For more info on professional music education companies in your area check here.
The Music Momma