As an adult that is taking music lessons, we are so happy to have you in our studio! Or maybe you’re the parent of a child taking lessons, but no matter what, we are so appreciative of the adults who are such a special part of our studio.
To show our appreciation and support, we want to share five of our top practice tips for adult students taking music lessons.
Discover your why and think about it!
I don’t have to tell you that knowing why you’re doing something is one of the biggest motivators in whatever you find yourself doing. Questions like, “Why do I do what you do?” “What makes me tick?” “What’s my goal?” should fill our minds once in a while. Especially as an adult student, you need to regularly evaluate why music lessons are so important to you and why you want to learn and progress musically. And then share your thoughts with your music teacher so he or she knows how to help you achieve your why. Then, keep yourself motivated by reflecting on your why as you are practicing before every weekly lesson!
I’m adult now too, so believe me when I say that I understand busy. My busy and your busy might look completely different, but nevertheless, we’re all busy adults. We also know that if we don’t plan something in our busy, hectic lives, it won’t happen. Believe me, now more than ever, I have to actually schedule times to practice myself, and I’m a music teacher! So do it…sit down and plan 3 days that you’re going to practice what your teacher asked you to this week.
Look at your Assignment Notebook
Your teacher has diligently written down specific instructions to help you succeed. Take a look at what she wants you to do. Take a look at what you’re supposed to be practicing. Did you forget what she could’ve possibly have meant by something that your teacher wrote down in the Assignment Notebook or in your music? No problem at all! Shoot your teacher a text or an email with your question! It’s better to know for sure what you need to be doing rather than practicing it wrong or not at all. If anything, just write your question in your assignment notebook, and your teacher will be glad to address it in the next lesson.
Repetition, repetition, repetition
Repetition is key to learning. Your finger muscles and brain need to connect so that skills are acquired. Just showing up to the lesson will not help you learn. Your teacher in your lesson gives you the tools you need to succeed, and you’ll need to take those tools and build up those finger muscles and refine those brain neurons. If you have a difficult practice spot, or something that’s a little harder for you, take it nice and slow. Count out loud. Clap the rhythm. Come away from your instrument and sing it. Then go back to your instrument with a renewed focus. Once you can play it slowly, then you can pick up speed… sorry, it can’t be the other way around!
Discover a professional
What instrument have you decided to play? Why did you choose that instrument? If you don’t have a role model in your specific instrument, you need to find one. Ask your teacher for recommendations. I’m sure she has some! You need to be able to know what you can do. You might say, “Well, I’m an adult, how can I master something now?!” Well, click here to read about Schinichi Suzuki who began learning as an adult!