Music Learning Curve

Learning a musical instrument takes time, patience, and effort. When a student begins playing most often the results are not as expected. In time, the student will understand the mechanics of the instrument and play a piece successfully. It also takes time to learn music theory. Mastering an instrument is not a two-month, or even a one-year process.  It takes many years.

The first 1-2 years are the most challenging times when a student learns proper playing techniques and music theory.  After this gradual ramp, it gets easier and more enjoyable.

Since the first couple of years are the hardest, balancing fun and learning is critical at this stage to prevent students – young or older – from getting discouraged and enjoying the process of learning their respective instruments.  Good teachers know how to provide such a balance.

Like anything in life, practice is necessary to progress.  If the student doesn’t practice, don’t expect much progress with a single weekly lesson.  For children younger than 9 years old, we encourage parents to sit-in during lessons so that they know what areas the students need to practice.  Parents do not need to be musical but just aware of areas requiring improvement to assist during practice.  Your children will appreciate your help.

Students and parents should have realistic expectations on the learning curve when starting to learn a musical instrument and  that enjoyment and learning can be balanced.


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