I HAVE STUDIED MUSIC BEFORE
(IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR LESSONS FOR YOURSELF, CLICK HERE: ADULT STUDENTS.)
Many parents have studied music in the past, sometimes only a year or two and they forget almost everything and sometimes many more years and they still play an instrument, piano or sing. Whichever your situation, the current private music instruction culture is much different from before.
Payments: The old way was to have lessons once weekly where your brought your fee (usually a couple dollars) to the lesson. Today, this system simply does not work because economics require that teachers control their income more carefully. If you adjust for inflation to match what you paid in fees 20-30 years ago, the average half hour lesson today would cost $50 or more (depending what you paid then). Since most families cannot afford this fee today, teachers have kept their fees under control and have made stricter policies regarding no-shows, late payments and cancellations. Otherwise, today's private teacher would be starving.
Approach: In addition, today's private teacher is giving the student so much more for the buck. In the past, the student usually had only one music book - which provided all instruction. Students would be pushed along until eventually they understood what they were doing, or they quit music all together. The attitude among most teachers was to weed out the dead wood, and keep the promising students. Although that approach is not very inviting to the would-be amateur musician, the teachers survived because most parents made sure their kids started some music lessons at some point. Today, fewer parents enroll their children in private music instruction, and the teacher's approach music has become much more inviting. We now believe that music is a skill that all should have and benefit from, not just the few talented ones. As a result theory, musicology, technique and repertoire are taught in greater depth and there are separate books for each of these areas to insure the student is acquiring the appropriate knowledge and skills.
What to Expect Today: Although you may remember your piano lessons from years ago, and think you know how it works, there are many changes in the current musical culture you should become aware of. Be sure to read the pages listed at the left, then go back to the BEGINNING OF TUTORIAL to read the following pages:
1) Read the pages "Why is music education important for my child?"
2) Read the pages that fit your child's age group:
a) "My child is under 6"
b) "My child is in Elementary School"
c) "My child is over 12"
3) Read the pages "About KMI "
(See COMMITMENT for more information on what parents must do to ensure their child's success in music.)