Reasons Music Lessons Succeed
Sometimes it hard to put your finger on what makes a music lesson succeed. Is it the teacher, the student, the environment the lesson takes place in, or something else? As I ponder the question I’m sure there can be many reasons a music lesson is successful. Here’s what I know though, there are 3 things that happen in every successful aspects to every music lesson that insure success.
Technique, Performance, and Music Theory are the 3 reasons music lessons succeed. When these aspects are found in a music lesson, its highly rare if not completely impossible that music lessons won’t be fruitful if they contain all 3 parts.
Technique – The Great One
Perhaps the most important reason a music lesson will succeed is learning proper Technique on your instrument. When a music teacher talks about technique, they are referencing how one plays their instrument, how do they sit with the instrument, stand with it, play a note with it. What muscles are used to play it? What actions and repetitions one takes to play it best. How to play different types of notes. How we hold our hands.
One of my favorite teachers once said, if you had to play these two notes for the rest of your life, how would you do it with the least stress to your body and play the notes in a way that’s pleasing and intended by the composer? That’s technique.
Performance – Wow, That Was A Great Concert!
Attention to music performance is another reason music lessons succeed. Performance is exactly what you think of. It’s when a pianist, guitarist, violinist, etc plays their instrument. When you ask someone what a musician does they always say the same answer, they play music. This is performance.
You teach performance in a lesson by playing what you have learned. Your student should play it not only to demonstrate thtat they can but also play a piece to share it and enjoy it. You need to perform music to fully digest what you have learned. The performance can be a recital, playing for a neighbor or family friend, or even playing for yourself.
One mother of a piano student recently called to say how much her son loved the piano lessons. When I asked her how she could tell her son loved the music lessons, she said, “he just goes the piano and plays all the time”. This is performing and practicing both! Not a bad combination.
Music Theory – Do You Speak Theory
A Successful music lesson always contains Music Theory. Music Theory is the language of music. It’s how musicians know what other musicians mean when they speak. Just like in other languages sometimes the conversation is simple and sometimes its more complex.
When you know what signs, shapes, notes, and musical marks mean (how music looks on paper), you know some music theory. When you understand what makes up a scale, why, how to build a scale, and how to share it with someone else, you also know music theory.
Music theory books are used by most music teachers to present exercises, skills, and concepts to music lesson students. Whats sometimes funny is how much music students know about theory but don’t know its music theory.
Why These 3 Reasons Equal Success
When you teacher guides you in these 3 aspects, technique, performance, and theory in each weeks lesson, you’re playing and learning in a complete way. All 3 complement one another to build the foundation of what you need to be successful. There are so many types of music success in lessons but lessons in which a music student works on these 3 aspects consistency are always successful music lessons. These are the 3 reasons music lessons succeed.
If you’re a musician or take music lessons, which aspect, Technique, Performance, or Music Theory is your favorite?