Investing in music lessons for your child might seem overwhelming as you start researching the few dozen schools available in town all promising to be the best. You’re smart enough to know all the positives of enrolling your child in music. Neurologists, psychologists, and other experts argue that music is more than just entertaining, but it promotes brain activity enabling your child to be intellectually competitive among their peers. Others argue that simply engaging your child in a worthwhile activity overtime instills discipline and makes your child well-rounded. Knowing this, inspires you to begin your quest in finding a music school, but more importantly, how do you narrow your search and find the perfect fit?
There are many important factors that you should consider while selecting a music school and your best resources are literally staring you in the face. Your search should begin with asking for testimonies from friends, family, and your school music teacher. As typical as this may sound, they can be an invaluable resource and provide an inside look behind all the bells and whistles you see in online advertisements. Most of the students that we acquired at the Franklin Music Academy (FMA) came from parent referrals. While chatting-it-up with folks on your go-to list, make sure you ask questions regarding music education methods, instructor credentials, and policies.
Before you talk to a music instructor, be prepared with useful information about expectations and your child’s abilities and learning style. This will help the instructor customize lesson planning for the private lesson. Not every music school has the ability to customize music lessons, always ask.
It is okay if you’re not sure about your child’s learning style. The instructor should keep you informed about your child’s progression and if changes need to be implemented in the music lessons.
Depending on the music teacher you choose, there could be a sizable difference in take-home practice requirements, rehearsals, and performances. Some kids may need more/less practice time than others. Time management is a skill that will help your child juggle all their activities and will come in handy in adulthood, but your child will need your help in this department to ensure they develop musically. Before adding music lessons to your weekly agenda, take a look at all of the obligations you and your child have. Does it make sense adding an activity that will require frequent practicing?
Performances and recitals are a wonderful way to gauge if the lessons are paying off. Trust me, you’ll wanna see your little angel perform once they have made noticeable progress. At last, you can properly justify all your high tech toys and put them to good use. While doing your research, inquire about registration and performance fees, associated rates for products/services, and music studio schedules- you’ll be happier you did in the future.
This article doesn’t cover every related issue to finding a music school and should act only as an aid. Below, we have provided resourceful links to help clarify any additional questions you may have or you can Contact us.