“The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility. These are the three forces which are the very nerve of education” – Rudolf Steiner
Before you begin lessons, it is wise to see if you have any limiting beliefs about yourself and learning to play. Many people who have learnt in the past carry experiences that block their achievement and enjoyment of learning and playing now. Do you want to learn or play but negative beliefs or fears are stopping you?
The Practise Habit
Step 1: Define your values around the practise. How important is it? What is it’s priority?
Step 2: Define the ‘rhythm’ of the practise. When and how often and how long?
Step 3: Develop the ‘way’ of the practise. Nourish. Enjoy. Build success. Celebrate.
Step 4: It’s not about how much time you spend – it’s about what you do in the time.
Step 5: Learn to gently navigate the inevitable distractions to keep yourself on track.
Step 6: Celebrate even small successes – it’s important for maintaining motivation.
Step 7: Read my blog about Practise
Mind & Heart
Becoming a musician requires space in your life. If a student is to succeed, including enjoying their music, they need time to practise, play, perform, listen, relax and reflect. My suggestion is to have in their week one heart-felt hobby (music) and one active pursuit. For a very musical child dancing, swimming and yoga are very beneficial.
“What did you do well, and what could you improve?”
This develops independent effective practise, a healthy attitude and the descriptive vocabulary to express their ideas intelligently.
What you tell yourself about your playing/practise/performing/who you are will determine your experience as a musician and shape your success and your life.
Buy new music regularly
New music ignites motivation and fuels inspiration. It is vital to build the ability to sight read fluently.
I introduce new concepts one step at a time in the appropriate order for my student.
I aim to explain techniques in a simple way until my student understands.
The quality of the question determines the quality of the answer
Attitude to the lessons
Students prepare for their lesson by bringing all equipment, questions, and dressing appropriately with respect for a professional learning environment.
Attitude to Scales
The way I teach scales is different and makes them a simple quick way to lift energy and feel more joyful as well as building musical technique. I actually enjoy playing scales and my students are infused with this attitude
Be mindful of the praise you give a budding musician. They know how they are going with their music – they can hear it and feel it. Their music teacher will give them constructive advice about how to improve & perspective on their playing. Self-esteem is exactly that. It is something the budding musician innately has that comes from knowing they have done the work. It builds a solid growing musician identity and healthy ego. It takes 10 to 12 years of consistent work to master being a musician. Give praise where it is due.
Transferable Life Skills
My way of teaching inherently develops skills that translate to other areas of life, such as goal setting and achievement