Learning an instrument takes consistent work, but it should also be
fun and relaxing. After playing a song, I’ve heard countless students
remark that it “sounded better at home.” Lots of people – kids and
adults – tend to get a little self-conscious in lessons, especially
early on. The following tips are great ways to help you focus, relax
and enjoy the process!
1. Get to lessons a couple minutes early
When folks are late, they tend to be frazzled, feel rushed and
unfocused. Aim to get to the studio a few minutes early – this is a
great way to immediately feel more relaxed prior to your lesson!
2. Wash your hands before your lesson
Besides the germ-busting factor, washing your hands before each lesson
will also help you focus your mind on the task at hand, and mentally
prepare for a calming, fun, focused lesson.
3. Turn off the cell phone
For 30 minutes, allow yourself to focus on develop your musical
prowess. Ignore the cell phone, try to put away any worries or
concerns that are on your mind. Let the outside world go and you’ll
be more likely to connect with your instrument.
4. Practice during the week
For obvious reasons, the more prepared you are, the more focused and
confident you’ll feel in lesson. Consistent practice most days of the
week is the best approach!
5. Identify short and long-term goals
This is great for kids and adults alike. Your goals can be as
specific or broad as you want — learn a particular song or genre,
enjoy music, become familiar with chords, perform in a recital, develop
a new hobby — and so forth and so on. Reflecting on your personal
motivation for being in lessons helps develop a positive, focused
attitude in lesson and throughout the week with practicing! If you’re
not sure what you are looking for or how to get there, that’s okay!
You can also work with your teacher to identify goals and interests.
6. Remember that we’re on your side!
Teachers aren’t just musicians — we are there to help you and
encourage you. We want to help you succeed in your musical goals!
~ Jennifer Iovanne
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