Sometimes – about a miracle! – It happens that the child himself expressed a desire to learn to play an instrument. Coming to the piano, strumming, picks up, listening. Or share the most cherished desire – to get a violin as a gift.
Or selflessly sings, and, to the surprise of parents, not even false. What to do?
Of course, give it to a music school!
But where to start? It is clear how to choose a general education school for a child: the Internet is full of articles, and the forums are commented by excited moms who are in a hurry to share information. But with the choice of music school more difficult.
By what criteria to choose it? Let’s try to figure it out.
We have to admit, many of us had a painful experience in childhood, when half a year of visiting Muzykalki completely discouraged desire and interest in music. “Higher mathematics” called solfeggio and constantly repeating mantras of the teacher – “many hours at home”, “big responsibility”, “discipline” – were not at all encouraging. So the fragile childhood dream was broken about “the musician’s everyday life”.
Is it possible in a different way? Is it possible to introduce a child to music, open this wonderful world and learn how to play without coercion?
Without boring phrases: “it means that I have done very little”, “there is no talent”, “and you cannot through!” Not only possible, but necessary. The availability of information on child psychology and personality psychology over the past decade has brought these areas to unheard of heights. Now many educators know how to talk with children so that they listen.
How to bring up a creative person without suppressing her desires and interests.
First you need to understand what you want from music lessons. Defining the goal, be sure to consider the character and personality characteristics of the child.
Do you want your child to play classical music or popular songs?
Classical music implies the exact following written in notes. Therefore, suitable for those who are careful and willing to abide by the rules. There are many challenges at the same time – to convey several different characters, to build a structure.
It instills a sense of style, the ability to multitask and the ability to hear and adjust themselves. For stubborn and focused children the development of these qualities is given without difficulty. However, this does not mean that others can not do it at all.
Popular songs and music for films children play with pleasure. Such plays are easier to learn on the instrument, to perceive and transmit their emotions.
Such music is more applied in nature, as a rule, it does not affect the aesthetic side of music, which is always present in the classics.
Do you want the child to speak to the public or is it optional?
With the right attitude of the teacher and family, the child is happy to speak to the audience. And even if there is a place for fear, it is fairly easy to eliminate with some exercises.
In addition to this, not only the student, but also his relatives see the result of his hard work. After all, it is not always possible to explain to mom or friends what I was doing in class.
Do you want a specific instrument or singing? In the choir or solo?
The selection of a musical instrument can be devoted to a separate article. So just focus on the desire and health of the child.
For example, on wind instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet), not everyone can play, so a doctor’s certificate is required that there are no contraindications. Consider the musical sphere in which the child’s personal characteristics will be revealed most fully.
Choral singing, for example, involves constant interaction in the team. For socially open and active children, this way of learning music can be very comfortable. But for those who prefer solitude, choral rehearsals can bring unpleasant feelings.
As if someone invades your personal space and sings songs there.
Solo singing and mastering the instrument is suitable for everyone: both hyperactive and assiduous. There are children who can not sit quietly in a chair at the piano for more than 15 minutes. Therefore, listen to all the explanations of the teacher, making a bridge or standing on his head.
The main thing is to find the approach and the form of employment that would be interesting to the child. And this directly depends on the format of training and the teacher.
Studios and music schools, private teachers, music courses. What is their difference? How to navigate and protect yourself from unnecessary disappointments?
In part, you have already chosen “your” format, because you have decided on goals. Let’s see where they can be best realized.
State Music School
The purpose of the music school is to teach how to love music professionally. And to love professionally is not an easy task.
Therefore, only the most persistent reach the end of the music school. Undoubtedly, the music has its merits. Children receive a whole package of different activities: solfeggio, choir and individual lessons on the instrument.
Among other things, this option remains the most profitable from a financial point of view. True, if you get to the budget department.
If you want to take on paid, then it is worth considering other options: the prices at the extrabudgetary department are comparable to the prices of private teachers and studios.
Any government agency is part of the education system. Outside the system, the school simply will not exist.
And any system is tailored to certain standards.
Someone, due to their character and personal qualities, will have no difficulty in fulfilling the plan: to play the required works at the appointed time. For some, exams will be a good incentive to actively engage in the process.
But for some children, due to the same personality characteristics, more time is needed to learn and understand musical works. On such a child and, accordingly, additional psychological pressure will be put on you: if it does not play, it will be deducted.
And this for many is a sign of a weak person and a lack of creative ability. On the basis of failure in a child, a complex may be formed that causes a lot of disappointment.
What to do? And there is a way out.
As you are looking for a replacement for the standard educational system, going to private schools, homeschooling or attending an online program, you can also find a substitute for music. Despite the abundance of options, the difference is in one.
Either you go to the state system, or not.
All the rest — courses, centers, and non-state schools — give you the freedom to express your preferences, goals, and ways to implement them. There is no pursuit of GOST.
Their goal is to give you a general idea of music, teach you to play music and maintain your interest. Ideal or is there a catch? There is.
If in government institutions we see a clear bias towards obliging, in private there is anarchy, in which the student as a “free person” commands the process. Imagine what happens if your child tells you how and what you need to work on?
The result will suffer, the motivation and interest will be lost. And on both sides. What then do?
Find the right teacher who will correctly balance between the desires and interests of the student and his internal plan aimed at a good result.
What is the right teacher? How to understand that it suits my child? The “right” teacher is not the one who has more diplomas on the wall. And not necessarily the one who has 40 years of experience.
The teacher you need is the one that suits your child specifically according to the method of work and personal qualities. Which your child easily understands.
Remember that each of us is unique. And if one teacher is ideally suited to an active and ambitious student, it is not at all necessary that he will suit the shy and dreamy.
Before you give your child to a music institution, do not be afraid to ask the school authorities to sit on the lessons of various teachers. It doesn’t matter that you don’t understand anything in musical terminology.
On an intuitive level, everything will become clear to you.
Answer your questions:
- Is the teacher interested in working with children, or would he prefer to do something else?
- Are his methods of work and achievement of goals suitable for you?
- Do you like the way he communicates with his students: respectfully or using sarcasm and offensive analogies?
- Introduce your child to the place of the student. Do you think they can find a contact?
- Does the teacher speak your child’s language or change it depending on the student?
If for some reason it is impossible to sit in class, it does not matter. Another great option is to talk with parents who are waiting for their children with lessons.
Ask them if the teacher likes the child too? What difficulties arise?
What most attracts and what does not? Usually, adults are frankly bored, waiting for the appearance of their children, so they gladly go to contact to fill the time.
You will be able to collect insider information that will help you in your difficult choice.
Maintaining a healthy, friendly atmosphere in the classroom and ensuring that everyone is comfortable in it is the responsibility of the teacher. If the child does not like it, you have the right to transfer it to another class, to another teacher or to another institution.
For a long time, a private teacher was considered a luxury due to high prices. Now private teachers have become many times more, and their fees fluctuate depending on the professional level. Students of music schools and universities take a lesson less well-known professorship of the conservatory.
In most cases, their practical and methodical knowledge of the child is enough. Feel free to ask for a trial lesson, which, by the way, is often free, and evaluate it by the criteria you already know.
There is no such person – a child or an adult who could not learn to play the instrument or understand music. As there is no person unable to love, there are no people without creative abilities or completely devoid of hearing and voice.
In addition to talent, there are many factors that influence whether a child will “go on” or not. Music is not about work and discipline.
And certainly it is not about the system. Music – about the game, about the happiness of playing music.
About the joy of communion to beauty, expressed in sounds. Music is worth it to overcome the complexity of the system, bypassing the wrong teachers and setting new goals. Because there, on the other side, the door to the alluring world is always open.
World of music.