If you want to learn more about my own teaching philosophy, click here.
Choosing a music teacher can be a daunting task for many parents. You want to make sure the teacher is qualified and can teach your children well. Here are 5 questions to ask to make sure you are making a wise decision and a good investment!
- What are your credentials? In order to give your child a good experience, teachers should continue their education. This doesn’t mean they should major in music (there are many excellent music teachers who don’t have a degree in music!), but they should be dedicated to continuing learning and growing as a musician themselves. This can include ongoing private lessons or consistent masterclasses, certifications, and playing in a good, audition-only orchestra.
- How much experience do you have? In general, choosing a teacher who has less than 5 years of playing experience would be a bad idea. You want a teacher who can play well, without having to focus too hard on basic technique. This will allow the teacher to immediately see problems your student might be having, and experience helps teachers diagnose and fix those problems. While “years playing” isn’t the only factor that should go into choosing a teacher, it is an important one.
- What is your teaching style? It’s important for the teaching style to match your child’s learning style. For example, if one teacher teaches her students to play by ear for 5 for 6 years before learning to sight read, but your child’s learning style is visual, they might not be compatible.
- What do you expect from your students and their parents? As a parent, it is necessary to understand what the teacher will expect from both you and your child. Make sure the teacher can lay out the expectations and guidelines clearly, so that you can set your child up for success.
- What is your missed lesson policy? It is important to know the protocol for missed lessons, because at some point, you will need to cancel or reschedule a lesson. Some teachers only reschedule lessons, other teachers have a certain number of missed lessons that can be taken without paying. Making sure that you and the teacher are on the same page will take the stress out of missed lessons!