I hear so often, “You make it look so easy.” Ease of playing comes from many hours of practice over years. For musicians, “practice” is the work we put in to gain proficiency at what we do. Just like you doing your job 40 hours a week with one exception, we don’t get paid for our practice time, you do.
You put in 8 hours a day, 40 hours per week practicing your job and get paid for it. Musicians practice hours each day, 7 days per week but only get paid for the performance when hired.
At the intermediate level we will become more involved in further development of reading skills, rhythm and timing, keeping steady tempos, and continuing to enhance your focus and self discipline levels. You will be gaining harmonic knowledge, and start building technical skills and endurance. You will increase your awareness in problem solving and how to recognize technical patterns in the music, and learn many varied styles and rhythms. You and I will get more involved with further development of coordination skills necessary for playing different kinds of rhythms and time signatures. At the intermediate level students are gradually infiltrating the music they like, and learning how to start developing their own style, rather than merely copying someone else’s.
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“What Will You Learn With Me?” is a fair and intelligent question. As an instructor I will do my very best in advising on musical purchases so hard earned money is not wasted. I will only ask you to buy material that is necessary for the learning, but will also take into consideration the desires of the student. When pupils are able to take on music they want to play, I will be encouraging them to do so.
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Many times people ask before lessons begin just what is expected of students. All instructors respond with the same answer. We expect that the student honor their commitment to us and themselves and do the assigned work, yes music is work, given at the lesson.
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A mistake many new students make is thinking that they will be playing their favorite songs on the very first lesson or shortly thereafter. I hear this all the time. Remember when you first learned to throw a ball and how much effort it took to become accurate and always hit the target? It took time, patience, and perseverance to accomplish. Learning to play an instrument properly does too. It also needs to be cultivated to a level of accuracy.
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Choosing an instructor to teach you a musical instrument seems pretty straight forward. Well, maybe not. I have students right now who’s first encounter was with someone who had limited instruction themselves but thought they knew how to teach, or the guy down the street who is in a band and never took a lesson. Ask yourself, would you want to go to any school and find out the people teaching you had little knowledge of the subject matter? Of course not. Treat learning music the same way. Ask the important questions such as:
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So many people believe the first thing they should do is purchase an instrument before speaking to an instructor. This is the wrong decision and I’ve see it made more times than you could possibly imagine. Yes, you need an instrument, but instruments need to accommodate the physical size of the individual, and be in proper working order. An incorrect or poorly working instrument only makes learning frustrating until the problem is corrected. A trained instructor, knows how to check and choose the correct size instrument for the individual. Many who teach have rental instruments to aid in the process. Also remember before you make a purchase, a salesperson wants a commission, a teacher wants a student.
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