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March 20, 2024

8 Tips to Prepare for Your First Music Lesson

What an exciting time!

First lessons mark the beginning of a new era in your kid’s life, whether they’re new to lessons, or resuming their study with a new teacher. Cheers to that!

Expect your first lesson with us to be a blend of music, chit-chat, and plenty of smiles.

Your teacher will get to know your student, exchange some favorite artists and songs, and maybe- if it feels right–  discuss their long-term goals.

If you don’t have time to do all of this before your first lesson, don’t sweat it. The most important thing is to be present and ready to learn! 

Here are 8 ways to shine on first-lesson day.

1. Make sure the instrument fits.

For young piano students, this means having a small foot stool or ottoman to place their feet on for balance and posture. If they’re using a keyboard, make sure it is adjusted for height.

Similarly, guitars and drum sets should be the appropriate size and fit for the student.

2. Have supplies ready.

Here’s a quick checklist of things you might need/want:

  • Tuner
  • Metronome
  • Blank notebook (for notes and assignments)
  • At least one pencil with a good eraser
  • Music stand
  • A recording device so you can review lessons later
  • A chair for your teacher (and maybe a cup of tea), who will certainly appreciate it!

3. Books from a previous teacher?

For students with experience, it may be helpful to perform what they learned most recently. This will help your teacher assess skills. In that case, make sure old books are at the ready.

4. Remove pets– unless it’s okay with your teacher!

If your furry friend really needs to scope out the new person in the house, it’s probaly best to sequester them to a different spot once the lesson starts.

On the other hand, some teachers really like pets! Asking your teacher is the safest bet.

5. Be present when the teacher arrives.

Don’t waste valuable lesson time searching for your student! (Those littles love hide n’ seek, don’t they?)

As a parent or guardian, your presence at the beginning and end of a lesson creates security and confidence for both student and teacher.

6. Wear comfortable clothing, and minimize accessories.

In addition, all instrumentalists– namely pianists and guitarists– are encouraged to cut their nails regularly.

7. Prepare to talk about yourself.

A good teacher (ahem, our fabulous teachers) will want to know more about their student– their musical likes and dislikes, their hobbies and interests. Especially for young or more socially cautious students, it may be helpful to talk this out in advance.

8. Be patient and have fun!

Nothing quells nerves and anxiety like preparation. Following these recommendations will help you or your student relax, leaving more time for the sheer joy of learning music.

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