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After procrastinating for several months or sometimes years, you finally scheduled your first music lesson. Now what? How should you prepare? What should you expect? First of all, congratulations on taking this leap! It can be nerve-racking, but it will be worth it.
What should I do before my first lesson?
Take a moment to write down your goals. Most teachers will ask you what you are hoping to achieve in your lessons. Thinking about this ahead of time will give you direction, and sharing your goals with your teacher will allow them to design the lessons to help you reach your specific goals. If you don't already own your instrument, you will need to rent or purchase one. Vocalists have it easy in this department, however, singers should brainstorm repertoire they may want to perfect in their lessons. Your teacher may steer you in a different direction if the repertoire is outside your range, or if they feel it is too advanced for you at this time. Having a list of songs gives your teacher a better understanding of the type of music you like.
What should I bring to my first lesson?
Bring your instrument, a binder or folder, manuscript paper, a pencil, a water bottle, and most importantly an eagerness to learn
Is it normal to be nervous?
Absolutely! There are so many unknowns. It is completely normal to be nervous for your first couple of lessons. Over time you will become more comfortable with your teacher and you will feel at ease.
What should I expect to do in my first lesson?
The first lesson is your teacher's opportunity to get to know you. You will spend some time talking about your prior experience and goals. The teacher may ask you to play or sing something you're familiar with to get a sense of your ability. If you have no prior experience, the teacher will get you acquainted with your instrument. You will learn how to hold your instrument, proper posture, breathing, etc. Beginner pianists and guitarists will be advised to purchase an appropriate method book.
What do I do after my first lesson?
It is important to reinforce the concepts and techniques you are learning in your lessons at home. You will want to find some time before your next lesson to do all the assignments your teacher gives you.
How long does it take for me to see results?
This is different for everyone because there is a direct link between how much you practice and how quickly you will see results. You will learn a lot in your lessons, therefore, the more you practice the faster you will improve.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 631-223-8433 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any questions you might have! We look forward to working with you to reach your musical goals!