When to Consider Private Instruction
Instrumental Music Students
As soon as your child has established a commitment to his/her instrument and a desire to improve his/her music ability, private instruction should be considered. It is important to realize that musical development is different with every child and that each student brings a host of unique problems to an instrument. The sooner a young musician can learn from the expertise of a specialist on the instrument with the concentrated attention of the one-on-one learning, the faster and more correct the development will be.
Vocal Music Students
Private vocal instructors usually advise students to wait until their voices change and mature before considering private vocal instruction. This usually happens when the child is fifteen or sixteen.
What to Consider When Choosing a Private Instructor
The choice of a private instructor is very important as a negative relationship between the student and the instructor may be more harmful than helpful.
- The instructor should be a specialist on the instrument. Specialists intimately know and understand the problems of the instrument know the best ways of overcoming the problems and know the standard literature for the instrument.
- The instructor must value the total development of the musician. Lessons should provide regular development in tone and technique, scales, ensemble and solo literature.
- The instructor should be positive in approach. Students need to be constantly encouraged for their successes, not discouraged for their shortcomings.
* A current list of private instructors is available online by following the link below.