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Benefits of a Music School Teacher

The benefits of a music school teacher is quite simple. Accountability. That’s it, accountability. Music schools and music teachers that care about its students and the profession of teaching music is the beginning of being accountable.

With Covid-19, accountability has either improved or fallen short with online music learning. Parents that inquire with Music Notes Academy about enrolling for online learning, assume the experience with Music Notes will be subpar, as it was or is currently with their current private teacher. Many parents that call, begin with venting their own frustrations about their current experience.

In a parent’s defense, parents want guarantees. With learning a musical instrument there are no guarantees, other than hard work, discipline, hard work and honest effort. Honestly, there are no guarantees with the musical arts at all anywhere. Students have to practice their instrument. Students have to be prepared for their class or lesson with their teacher. Students have to work independently, whether they are nine or nineteen years old, whether it’s for in-person learning or online learning.

Parents have to help, whether they want to or not. Learning music is not dropping your child off at dance class. Learning music is not opening the minivan door and sending them off to jump on a trampoline. Music is an art form. It requires a level of patience, dedication and repetition of practice and effort.

Some of the best benefits a music education provides, are what students struggle more and more with every single day. Parents, should want a music school and a music teacher that offers accountability, not just some circus act of a music teacher that plays music and teaches nothing of substance during class time.

Musicians often complain about the industry, the lack of work, gigs, performances and long-term security. Well, this is the time now during Covid-19 to settle in and offer students of music something concrete and substantial. Teach music well. Be thorough. Be thoughtful in the content, delivery and expectations. This is our plea to all the private music teachers out there. Because time and time again, from the phone calls and emails from parents is that their “private teacher isn’t working out” and “our private teacher isn’t reliable and consistent” and “our child isn’t learning anything with the current private teacher”.

It’s easy to say and difficult to see, but everyone would thrive and do better if more people just simply cared and had accountability in their work. Stay the path. Stay the course. Too many just want instant gratification of whatever is in front of them at the moment.

Even during Covid-19, we still care and we’re here. We’re just so tired of the same emails and phone calls from parents about how much they need something better. They could have selected Music Notes Academy first, not on their fourth or fifth attempt to have their child enjoy music. But going back to accountability, parents often select the cheapest music school or teacher in their area. Do you think the cheapest educational option is your best option, for any accountability?

Twenty years now of teaching music and it seems like society, expectations, realities and education are all crumbling very fast. We honestly miss the 2006 through 2012 school years. Looking back, those were the glory days at Music Notes. It was different. Parents seemed to appreciate a music education. Students were self-motivated to do something well. We know Covid-19 has changed everything for nearly everyone, however it’s our hope that accountability returns as normalcy.

Here’s what a typical music class consists of:

  • Music Reading
  • Music Theory
  • Technique
  • Lesson Content
  • Performance Music
  • Objectives, Goals
  • Practicing Required

Benefits of a Music School Teacher also include:

  • Having several music teachers that all have similar standards, degrees and expectations.
  • Students can study multiple specialty areas within the same music school.
  • Students can learn together in music classes, like ensembles, rock band or theory classes.

Brandon Kurzawa

Founder of Music Notes Academy, a '12 NJSBDC award-winning community music school in East Brunswick, NJ. A teacher of music since '00, with degrees in music and education, specializing in curriculum and instruction.

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