What instrument should my child learn?
If your child has shown an interest or desire to learn a particular instrument, that instrument should be your first choice. Children are usually more enthusiastic and excited about music lessons when playing the instrument they have chosen rather than one that is chosen for them.
If your child has not shown an interest in a specific instrument, we would recommend the piano. As a first instrument the piano, has many advantages as the skills developed in piano lessons will help with learning other instruments. The piano is particularly well-suited to young students as unlike many instruments that require certain techniques to produce a sound, such as holding the instrument in a particular way, moving a bow, correct embouchure, etc., the piano will make a sound just by pressing a key; with guidance, curved fingers and a good posture, your child will be on their way!
How can music lessons benefit my child?
Taking music lessons can benefit your child in many ways. First and foremost, music is fun and exciting! We see a parade of smiling children happily turning up each week for their music lessons. Learning an instrument can also aid in building self-esteem, concentration and coordination. Furthermore, playing an instrument promotes self-expression and creativity. Studies have shown that taking music lessons as a child can actually boost brain development and improve language skills, speech, memory, and attention.
How long will it take my child to learn the piano/guitar/drums… etc.?
To put it simply; it all depends on the individual! Every student is different, and every student learns at a different rate. Students that master one particular concept or technique quickly may struggle with others. On the other hand, some students that struggle in the beginning may progress faster after several lessons. But one thing is for sure; practise is the key to perfection. You can help your child to progress more quickly and to reach their full potential by ensuring that practise becomes a regular part of their daily routine.
Why private lessons?
One of the many benefits of private lessons is that you benefit from the exclusive attention of your teacher. This ensures that you are able to learn at your own pace. This is particularly important as musical concepts are built upon previously learned topics, and progression can be difficult if past concepts are not completely understood. In a private lesson, your teacher can go as fast or slow as needed to ensure you understand each concept before moving on to the next. For students that tend to struggle, the teacher can spend as much time as required, and for those that learn very quickly, the teacher can move on to the next topic which can help to eliminate boredom.
Am I too old to start learning an instrument/singing?
The simple answer is no! We have many adults that take lessons at our school and they love it! It’s so exciting when someone that has always wanted to learn takes the first step and gives us a call. Most of our adult students either wanted to take lessons as a child but never got the chance, or stopped taking lessons when they were younger. We know that you may be nervous and that it can seem daunting, but what have you got to lose? Music can be a great reliever of stress and it’s fun! Research has also shown that learning an instrument when older helps the mind to remain alert and can help to sharpen your memory. Once you start learning, you’ll wish you had made the call sooner!