Many students enter music lessons to learn a specific song or technique or a particular way of playing. However, when it comes to learning an instrument, things don’t always come together that easily. It takes quite a bit of time, effort and practice to be able to do what you want to do with your instrument.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at how to leverage your music lessons and work with your teacher to achieve the goals that are most important to you.
Don’t Knock The Fundamentals
Don’t forget; learning an instrument is less like a sprint, and more like a marathon. You’re not going to learn everything you need to know overnight.
Everybody begins with the basics and the fundamentals. Everybody has to learn things they don’t necessarily enjoy. Don’t despise the time and effort that goes into learning the rudiments of how your instruments works and how to play it. This is the information that will help you to do more of what you want to do later.
Practice your instrument every single day, and get excited about the progress you are making, however small.
Set Goals With Your Teacher
Your teacher has a better idea of what you need to know in order to be able to do the things you want to do on your instrument than you do. They can guide you in the right direction if you are willing to team up with them.
Therefore, set some goals with the help of your instructor. Come up with short-term, mid-term and long-term milestones that are in-line with your objectives. In other words, create goals that bring you incrementally closer to what you hope to achieve. Use them as guideposts.
Trust your teacher with your ongoing development, as they can help you on your musical journey.
Communicate With Your Teacher
More than anything else, learn to communicate well with your teacher. If you don’t tell them what you want to be able to do, they can’t really guide you to the right path. They have to have a clear understanding of what you hope to accomplish.
Communication may take effort. However, the time you put into it at the front-end will reward you at the back-end. Get the housekeeping out of the way upfront, and get yourself on the right track.
There is research showing that your brain doesn’t really know the difference between what is continually imagined (and reinforced) and what is real.
If you can see yourself playing the way you want to be able to play in your “mind’s eye”, you can harness the power of visualization to reach your goals. Of course, you will still need to put the work in, but visualizing your desired results will prove beneficial in your development.
Stay persistent and don’t over-think your growth or lack thereof. You may not see the results of the work you put in today instantly, but it will catch up with you eventually. If you want to get the most out of each and every music lesson, remember to remain teachable.