In a world of blossoming individualism, it can sometimes be difficult to see past the negative connotation related to taking music lessons. A common misconception is that lessons are for kids, and only for kids. This, of course, is false. As you get older, your brain increases its ability to comprehend more difficult subject matter, such as music theory and composition. It is during this time that lessons are in fact MOST beneficial. Don’t get me wrong; it’s important to start early, but continuation through the teens and twenties is key to understanding, and in turn enjoying music.
As a teacher, I’ve noticed time and time again that some of my quickest learning students are in high school and college. In fact, a large percentage of all of our students fall into this age range. They not only have the desire to learn, but also the capacity to understand more of the complex pieces and reasons behind what they’re playing. At 10 years old, a student will be able to understand HOW to play certain chords and HOW to put them together to make a song, but it’s not really until a few years later that they are truly capable of understanding WHY we do these things. At 10 a child will be able to play a scale, but it won’t be for a few more years that they’ll start to piece together the similarities between scales and their connection to all of music. It’s for this reason that lessons are not just recommended, but strongly encouraged for students between the ages 13-19. Just like anything else, learning an instrument takes practice, and plenty of it.
So I implore you, don’t look at lessons as an embarrassment. Just like anything, you need training, and that’s what lessons are. You’re being trained to play an instrument. You’re being trained to understand your instrument. You’re being trained to succeed.
The Grosse Pointe Music Academy offers private lessons and group classes for young children through adult. We offer guitar, bass, piano, drums, voice, violin, cello, saxophone, and many other instruments. No matter what your choice is, we’re here to help you learn in a fun and structured environment. So call today at 313-458-7723, or visit us online at www.grossepointemusicacademy.com.
by James Nessel
Posted by Grosse Pointe Music Academy Staff
17012 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
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