Private Music lessons restart this Monday!
Coming back to lessons after the 6 week break can be refreshing, even invigorating, but can also be daunting, as a singer or instrumentalist, as you may have lost your way a little over the Summer. Don't worry! this is normal and we see it all the time.
It's therefore important to reflect and give your study fresh focus, so that your lessons are as time- & cost-effective for you as they can be. To help with this, I've put together a few pointers, which should be helpful for all students to consider!
1. WARM UP
If you've not been to your instrument or sang over the Summer at all, do some scales and exercises at the very least to get dexterity back into your fingers or flexibility back into those vocal chords. This way you shouldn't be taking so much of a backwards step coming to your first lesson.
There's nothing more frustrating as a teacher, than when students return after a break, and are asked "what pieces/songs would you like to work on this term?" and the response is a shoulder-shrug or a blank face! I want and expect from my students at least 3 'own choice' or 'free choice' pieces or songs, that you genuinely would like to work on as target pieces. You can't leave it just to your tutor to make such a personal decision for you, and as an aspiring musician, you shouldn't want to. Grab a pen if you're forgetful, and use this week to get it done!
Coming to music lessons without purpose is a waste of time and money for everyone involved. Perhaps it's time to revisit why you're taking lessons in your chosen study, and what brought you to love it in the first place. This is only really relevant if you've done nothing for 6 weeks.
We have so much as a school to concentrate on and look forward to this term, but here's a handful:
- MUSIC EXAMS: RSL exam entries for this term close on the 1st October, and ABRSM on 29th September. These exams have proven to not be easy to pass without hard work, but incredibly rewarding when you do well, and useful for your future. more on this coming soon!
- HIGHER EDUCATION: At this time of year we start to prepare for auditions, and entries to music colleges and universities throughout the country for the following academic year. Don't dump this on your tutor last minute! take the chance to prepare effectively together.
- PERFORMANCES: Want to steady those nerves? Want to be more effective when you perform publicly? Want to make your family proud? All these and more are reasons to secure yourself as a performer if this is your goal. Leave no stone unturned and mention to your tutor that you'd like to focus on this for a bit. As a rough guide, our next large performances are the Guitar/Bass/Drums show around October half term, and this year a large scale formal show for Pianists and Vocalists close to Christmas.
That's it! I so look forward to seeing you all, finding out what you've been up to and developing you this year! Let's not take our foot off the gas - bring your expectations to me/your teacher at your first lesson, and we'll do everything we can to meet them this year.
Peace & Love, AC
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