Scales and arpeggios do seem to get a bad name for themselves and are often the unlovable part of practising.
We live in a society where we are constantly expected to grow, develop and improve. Where we are expected to reach specific standards by a certain age or timeframe and if we don’t then we are behind, failing and not good enough.
Entering into the world of music education can be a little daunting for parents, particularly for those parents who did not have any music opportunities when they were children themselves.
Knowing when and how to start lessons can be confusing, so here are a few tips to help you get started.
Over the last 25 years of music teaching, one of the common questions that parents ask, is how to encourage their child to practice and not quit after learning for several years.
If your goal is to play your favourite hymn, pop song, jazz standard, Christmas carol, be in a rock band or the church choir; then our studio will help you.
When reflecting back on the last week of teaching, confidence was the topic that I had found myself discussing in depth with all of my students and choirs. It didn’t matter about age, gender or experience, because the challenges were all the same.
See, learning musical theory is like learning grammar in a foreign language. It’s usually the hardest part to grasp but so essential when constructing any sentence you are trying to speak or write. This is the same for music theory – once you have mastered the basics it applies to all musical genres and styles.
As the world changes, many schools and education programmes are cutting music from the curriculum. Although I can understand some of the reasons – the annual cost of running a music department, shortage of music teachers, push on STEM subjects; in my personal opinion cutting music is a grave mistake.
One of the biggest challenges of learning a musical instrument is balancing your weekly practice, particularly for teenagers and adult learners. Many people feel guilty because they don’t practice enough each week and are self-critical on themselves. If this sounds familiar then this might be because you have been told you need to practice every day for big chunks of time.