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The start of the school year is a time when many people think about learning an instrument. Fantastic! As far as I’m concerned the more people that learn music the better.
Before you jump in and choose an instrument or before you book piano or guitar lessons for your child you need to be aware of a few things:
In most cases learning an instrument is not free. There may be lesson fees, sheet music to buy, music stands, metronomes and perhaps an instrument as well.
Attendance at lessons, camps, ensembles requires dedication. It is not fair on other members of groups if you do not make the commitment to turn up regularly.
It is very important that you commit to regular practice. Without regular practice you are very unlikely to improve, no matter how good a teacher you have.
Commitment means choosing to practice when you’d rather play your computer games. Practising when your friends might be playing sports. Practising on days when you don’t feel like it. Don’t underestimate the amount of commitment this takes.
It can be done by anyone but YOU have to make the choice. Please don’t be one of those people who tells their teacher you didn’t have time to practice. You did have time, you just made a choice not to.
Finally you have to really enjoy music and want to play. If you are learning for the sake of it or because parents want you to then you will likely lose interest pretty quickly. You should love listening to music of many types and be keen to find out more.
Beginning an instrument can be a very, very exciting time. Just be clear in your mind what you are letting yourself in for and then climb aboard for a very enjoyable ride