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Invest in a musical instrument

Invest In An Instrument

By Stephen Agnew

Most parents would not send their child to baseball games without a baseball glove. Most parents would not wait to invest in a bathing suit until they are sure their child will enjoy swimming lessons. Most parents would not plan to wait a few years to see if their child likes their teachers before buying the supplies needed for school. Yet many parents expect to try music lessons for a while before deciding to invest in an instrument.

This is unfortunate because when parents refuse to invest in an instrument so the child can practice at home, they are setting that child up for failure. Weekly music lessons are no substitute for daily practice. Music students will make little to no progress if they do not have a chance at home to work on the material covered during their lessons.

Many parents mistakenly believe they can wait and see if their child enjoys music lessons before investing in an instrument. But without an appropriate instrument, it is almost guaranteed the student will not enjoy lessons. Students who cannot practice at home will not progress beyond the absolute basics of their instrument. They will not be able to successfully play more than a few very simple exercises. Rather than looking forward to learning progressively more interesting music at each lesson, weekly lessons will simply involve covering the same basic material over and over again. Nobody enjoys this kind of drudgery, teachers and parents included.

Students will not be motivated to continue lessons when they see they are making little to no progress. Not having an instrument to practice at home is a sure-fire way to ensure weekly music lessons will be a miserable experience.

Even from the very beginning, music lessons require a commitment to practicing. Purchasing a quality instrument is a wise investment because the student will only be able to get the most out of weekly music lessons if he or she is able to practice the assignment material each day.

If you are unsure about what specifications to look for when purchasing an instrument, talk to our Director so you can be sure you are purchasing an instrument that will be suitable for your child.

Invest in an instrument. It’s this simple. Students need a musical instrument to have a standing chance in enjoying music and learning. Even for online music lessons.

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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