Get the most out of lessons

You've decided to play an instrument and are going to take private lessons. First - Congratulations! Because learning with the help of a private teacher is the best way to ensure you get a good start. Taking private lessons comes with a commitment and an investment. You (or your parents) will be paying for lessons, so you want to make sure you get the most out of your time and effort. Here are some things to keep in mind to help you do that.

1. Practice your lesson.

Beginner students should allot an amount of practice time each day. Even if you have a conflict that comes up and you can't practice at your normal time, try to at least practice each day when possible. As you become more advanced, you may be able to have a more flexible practice schedule. But, the important point is this: You have to put in the time practicing the things your teacher assigns to be able to improve. Your teacher hates to assign the same lesson 2, 3, 4 or more times because you aren't practicing it! It's okay if you really don't understand the lesson (tell your teacher!). It's not okay if you just aren't working on it. So put in the time. There are no shortcuts!

2. Be on time for lessons.

Your teacher has set aside a time slot for you, so make sure you are available at your lesson time. Have your instrument, books and all other lesson materials with you and ready. Try to make your lesson time go smoothly.

3. Don't reschedule lessons.

This is related to being on time. Your lesson time is YOUR lesson time, so make every attempt to be able available for your scheduled lesson time. Most teachers understand that sometimes scheduling conflicts can't be avoided. just but sure you've tried all options be requesting to reschedule your lesson.

4. Ask questions.

Your teacher wants you to ask questions. Sometimes by just asking a question about something you don't understand, your teacher can explain a different way that will help you understand. The goal is to have you, the student, learn to play - not already know everything. So ask all the questions you have.

5. Tell your teacher your goals.

Your teacher wants to make lessons fun and wants to help you do the things in music that you want to do. By telling your teacher the muscians you admire, bands you like and styles of music you like, he or she can help you work towards your goals and make your lessons fun. However, sometimes a student needs to reach a certain level before lessons can be modified. So remember, let your teacher know your goals and trust that your teacher will keep that in mind as you progress.

You will get out of your music lessons what you put into them. Consistent practice and evaluation will produce results. Don't be in a hurry. Learn the basics and the fundamentals. With a strong foundation to build on you will find yourself progressing faster in the future. Respect your teacher's time. Listen to your teacher's insights. Remember, your teacher was a student at one time and can help you avoid problems with his or her experience.

Brad Hill is a drum/percussion instructor in Berks County, PA ( Shillington, PA ). Go to (Drums 1 on 1) and submit the Contact form for your free consultation to determine the best lesson plan for you. I offer drum lessons and percussion lessons. In person and online lessons available.