Meri’s Musical Musings

The (first) 10 Commandments of taking music lessons

Posted on: October 12, 2015

  1. Thou shalt not negotiate a private music teacher’s fees
  2. Thou shall take lessons every week (if the student is a beginner or intermediate student), except for scheduled studio breaks
  3. Thou shall always have at least decent quality instrument that is in good mechanical condition tune suited to the student’s level of study in the student’s home.(no toy/junk instruments or out of tune irrepairable instruments please!)
  4. Thou shall always make time to practice (whether that student is a child or adult) that meets the teacher’s and student’s goals.
  5. Thou shall make requests for certain music that the student wants to learn reasonable and sparse (some pieces and styles are mainly suitable for advanced players only)
  6. Thou shalt not expect a makeup lesson if you are a no show to a lesson or your request is of insufficent notice
  7. Thou shall be willing and open to using a method book (if the student is a beginner)
  8. Thou shall be open to any and all performance opportunities the teacher makes available (some teachers have studio recitals, many follow a music exam system, and other types of events such as competitions teachers only pick the very top students
  9. Thou shall inform the teacher if my child has special needs, such as autism, dyslexia, or sensory processing issues.
  10. Thou shalt never complain about the distance to and from lessons, especially with a quality teacher. (your teacher probably travelled very far for fine teachers for lessons themselves, or have students that travel long distances that study with them!)

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