I Love the Autumn!
So What are my Kids Actually Doing During Lessons?
In the beginning, the students are working on learning the fundamentals of playing their instrument. Such as putting the instrument together, how to maintain the instrument, how to blow into the instrument, play a few notes, and the importance of rehearsal etiquette. Once they get these basic skills down we can start to really look at music in their method books. A typical 30 minute lesson I teach is structured a bit like this.
- 5 minutes making sure the instrument is properly set up and breathing exercises with and without the mouthpiece.
- 10 minutes on specific warm up strategies that will focus on breath control, articulation exercises, tone production, and other instrument specific techniques that will help build musicianship and playing ability.
- 10 minutes working through the material found in the method books.
- 5 minutes review the practice expectations for the week.
As the year progresses, I will spend less time on warm-up activities, and more time focusing on the music. The most important thing the student can do for their lesson is to Have their instrument for their lesson! We do have instruments for students to borrow. However, each instrument is a little different, and your son/daughter knows their own instrument the best.
Next week: Tackling the beast... Practicing!