Piano Source: Teachers
What Do You Want In a Teacher?
Start out by asking youself some basic questions, such as...
-What you would like to accomplish with your music lessons?
-What are your musical tastes, ambitions and goals?
-Are you more interested in the technical or social aspects of music making?
-Would you enjoy taking a group class or would you feel more comfortable with private lessons?
-How much time do you intend to devote to making music?
-Is your goal to be able to play proficiently in the local community band or in your church?
-What music style(s) do you want to learn?
-Do you want to learn notation and music theory or do you want to learn to play by ear?
Word of mouth
Just as you would if you were looking for a new doctor, ask around. Ask local musicians who play the instrument you would like to study or try talking to the band, orchestra, chior leaders or teachers at local schools. Music stores, churches and libraries are also good sources for information and advice. The Albuquerque Music Teachers Association works to improve professionalism within the firld by identifying competent teachers through its Nationally Certified Teacher of Music Program and online listing. Once you have a few names and contact information, arrange to meet with the teachers. Of course, if they refuse to meet you for an interview, you can easily cross them off your list.
Assessing the Teacher
There are two credentials you sould concentrate on: teaching experience and performance experience. It is essential that your teacher is experienced in both areas. Imagine that you are learning to skydive. Would you consider hiring an instructor who has never jumped and only knows how to teach from a book? Performance experience also ensures that your teacher is skilled enough musically that you will be able to learn more than just the basics from them. Also, find out how much experience the teacher has in the specific genres you are interested in. Can they introduce you to a range of mucical styles?
Teaching is an art form in it's own right. A good music teacher is patient with adult beginners and should make the lessons fun for you. Find out what they expect from you in terms of a practice commitment. Do they have previous experience teaching adults? If not, ask them how they feel about teaching adult beginners. Ask if they can provide references from current or past students, or perhaps you can even sit in on a lesson.
Getting to Know You
It's essential to learn in a patient, friendly environment. A teacher's character and personality are just as important as their skill. Avoid teachers who are humorless and dispassionate about music. Look for a teacher who "clicks" with you. If you cannot trust and relate to your teacher, your learning will be limited. Look for a teacher who you are able to chat with easily. Most importantly, ask yourself if you will be able to get along with and take criticism from that teacher.
A good music teacher will give you what you want; they should also know what you will need. When you talk to the music teacher make sure they are truly interested in your goals. Say something like, "I'm an adult beginner pianist. What can you tell me?" The answer should include asking what you want from your lessons. A teacher should set goals with you and share in your success as you progress.
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