So, how was your lesson?
“So how was your lesson?” Parents of young music students will inevitably ask this question many times throughout the course of their child’s lives, and it usually occurs during that special time period immediately following a private lesson. Parents, let’s imagine what it’s like to be a young music student coming out of a music lesson. Usually, the student just spent half an hour with their instructor working on things such as sight-reading,figuring out new music, working on old music, straightening out rhythms, learning new aspects of technique and musicality, and much more, all while under the watchful eyes and ears of their teacher. What an accomplishment!
Unfortunately, many students lead busy lives that dont allow them much time to digest, and therefore thoroughly learn all the musical topics they were just exposed to in their lesson. Parents, here is where you come in. After a lesson(the car ride is perfect), let your student get the most out of their time by helping them review everything they just accomplished in their lesson.
Here are some questions to consider:
Did your student play their homework well for their teacher this week? Did their teacher think that the amount of practice time leading up to that lesson was enough?Are things that used to be diffcult or out of reach becoming easier and more fun as the weeks go by? How many songs or pieces have they mastered so far? These are a few of the many questions you can consider as a supportive parent of a young music
student. Taking notes on how lessons are progressing is a great idea; the more the parent learns, the more the student will learn!