Hearing music stimulates the mind and music instruction enhances abstract reasoning skills. Grade school students who took music lessons generally scored higher on cognitive development tests. In older people, music helps lower depression and decreases loneliness. Playing an instrument strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Music lessons teach discipline, dedication and enable students to achieve goals.
Today there are unprecedented reasons for making music a part of everyone's life. Students taking music lessons now will determine the place of music in America and the value society places on music tomorrow. Regardless of what these students ultimately choose as a profession, music making will remain a part of their lives, whether it's listening to music, attending concerts or serving as leaders in arts associations, and community and church music programs.
How Do I Find the Right Teacher?
Benefits of Music Study
You'll want a teacher who will inspire and nurture a student's musical growth and instill lifelong love of music. When seeking a music teacher: Consult with friends, family and others who are acquainted with teachers in your community. Ask for recommendations from local music teacher organizations, music stores, schools or churches. Arrange to interview prospective teachers, in person if possible, before making a commitment. Ask permission to attend a recital of the prospective teacher.
Teachers are willing and eager to explain their techniques and objectives. The following are types of questions to ask during the interview:
What is your professional and educational experience in music?
What is your teaching experience? What age groups do you teach?
How do you participate in ongoing professional development?
Are you nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)?
Do you have a written studio policy? Will you review it with me?
What instructional materials do you use?
What kinds of music do you teach?
What other elements are part of your teaching curriculum?
Do you require students to perform in studio recitals during the year?
Do you offer other performance opportunities for your students, such as festivals and competitions?
Do you use technology in your studio, such as computers, music instruction software, digital keyboards?
How much practice time do you require each day?
What do you expect of your students? Their parents?
How Do I Interview Prospective Teachers?
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