Getting The Most Out Of Your Lessons
I want my students to progress as quickly as possible. The faster you progress the happier we will both be. These are my tips to get the most value for your money:
- Allow adequate time to tune up, organise music, get into a musical frame of mind, etc. before starting the lesson. This means the lesson (and therefore money) is not wasted.
- Should homework cause confusion please call me so as not to waste a week. Sometimes an important detail gets forgotten or something is misunderstand when thought about later. Don't let this stop you from progressing - contact me for help. I don't charge for this service.
- There isn't time to check technical exercises every week but you should still practise them regularly. Technical exercises are crucial for skill development. You can always ask for help planning a practise regime.
- Homework set is the minimum suggested amount of work to achieve maximum progress in minimum time. After completing this, the student is encouraged to play purely for enjoyment – whether this is through playing other pieces, improvisation or simply ‘messing around’. Keep it fun!
- If you are unsure or unhappy about the structure or direction of lessons please discuss it with me. These are your lessons so you must be happy with them.
- Wear gloves. In the cooler weather hands can get cold and stiff. If you can't move your fingers properly at the start of the lesson you're wasting your money.
- Practise at least five days per week.