Your guide to music tuition for children
If you wish for your child to learn an instrument from a young age, getting them started can be a daunting task. Here is a guide to guide you through how to get your little one involved in music.
How do I find a good teacher?
There are several ways to go about finding a good teacher. Your local music shop should have some names of teachers in your area. You could also approach your child’s school as often peripatetic teachers visit schools on a weekly basis offering lessons. Alternatively, your local county council will give you the contact for your local music authority which will have names of teachers they use. If you are lucky you may have a local private music school which will be able to supply and organise a teacher.
Ask what qualifications the teacher has, and whether they have been CRB checked? It is always a good idea to have a trial lesson with a teacher and also to ask for references from other parents.
How can I keep my child motivated to practise?
Regular short bursts of practise are the best way to make progress, starting with 10 minutes a day and increasing by 5 minutes every term, building up to 30 minutes max for most normal kids!
As soon as possible your child should learn to play music with their friends. After learning very few notes there will be an opportunity locally for them to join a beginners’ music group. Very soon they will start taking part in concerts and the real reason for playing an instrument will become apparent as they make new friends alongside making music.
Which instrument should my children learn?
There are many different instruments perfect your little ones to learn. Some are easier to learn than others but more challenging instruments may be in higher demand for orchestras and bands if your child continues playing into adulthood.
Read this in-depth guide on which instrument to choose for your child before making your decision.
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