It is conclusively proven and known that learning a musical instrument can improve memory, better physiological coordination, boost academic performance and grades, stimulate mental activity, heal and relax the soul. Therefore, it behooves one who is seeking to learn how to play a musical instrument to choose the right instructor. This is important whether one is a professional, amateur, beginner, child or even dabbler, because it is one of the most important elements in achieving the great benefits one can gain.
There is an old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Generally speaking, this is somewhat true, even with music instruction. However, high rates do not always guarantee quality. Here are a few of the key (No pun intended!) factors one should know about when choosing a music instructor.
The first requirement of a good music instructor is his or her own mastery of performance of the instrument they are teaching. How experienced are they? How long have they themselves been performing as well as teaching? These are questions you should ask. However, the best index of this is to actually see it and hear it for your own self. Ask to see the instructor’s own performance, whether live or recorded, and investigate certain points. Their performance should be done in a relaxed, natural and comfortable manner, almost seemingly effortless. Also, check to see who they themselves studied under. Excellent instruction is necessary to make excellent performers and instructors.
The next requirement of a good music instructor is his or her own teaching credentials. These factually have to be earned and are not just one’s higher education degree; they are issued separately and on top of one’s degree. Ask to see the documentation. Possessing such credentials, which are usually issued by one’s state, are a good indicator as they show that one has taken their music instruction seriously and has a purpose and passion in the area.
The final and another very crucial requirement of a good music instructor is his or her own behavior as one. It goes without saying that one should be friendly, patient and persistent. However, a good instructor will never lose his or her temper or become impatient with a student, no matter how much work that student may require to accomplish a task. He or she must have the ability to detect and remedy any and all barriers to learning that may be encountered, no matter how light or severe, and will not take forever to debug them either, nor give up, but will persist until these barriers are overcome. This is what teaching really is.
Music can be quite fun to learn. It is recommended for just about anybody – all ages, all levels. A good instructor is the guide that determines the outcome of that journey. I recommend checking out Music-Instruction.com to find your favorite music instructor.