Finding a teacher can be a daunting task. Finding the right instrumental or vocal teacher is not simply a case of choosing the person nearest to you with the most qualifications; you need to find someone you get on with, someone you trust to help you achieve your as yet un-explored potential.
It is common for teachers to offer a free consultation lesson and whether or not this is the case it’s important to talk through the practicalities of lessons as well as your goals with a teacher before you commit to lessons in the long term. Here are a few things to consider:
- Does the teacher understand your goals and seem willing to work towards them too?
- Does the teacher have experience teaching adult beginners?
- Where is the teacher based and how will you get there or where will lessons be held?
- How long do you need lessons to be in order to have enough time to make progress?
- How much time can you dedicate to practicing and how long would the teacher expect you to practice for?
- Can the teacher provide you with a rounded musical education including, for example, performance opportunities, inspiration for things to listen to, and music theory?
- How much would lessons cost?
These are just a few of the things you might like to consider when choosing a teacher and we hope that this information helps you to feel confident in making that decision. In the end the most important thing is to have a good relationship with your teacher and to find someone who will be supportive of what you want to achieve whether that be Grade 1 next month, a diploma in 10 years, or simply to have fun whilst learning something new.
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Good places to look for instrumental teachers are: