We are ALL ABOUT RESULTS here at Allstar Music Empire. The bottom line is music is supposed to be enjoyable and the lessons should be as well. We pride ourselves on reaching our students on a personal level to enhance the “trust factor” between teacher & student. This has proven to be a great method to get better result and progress out of the students. We as instructors want to have fun in these lessons as well and progress, interest and trying does that for us! It is not about the money here. If we don’t see the students having fun and progressing, we will switch the students to another instructor to see if that is a better match. Not everyone clicks and that is just fact and not everyone can afford to pay if the student is not getting any enjoyment out of the lessons.
Our job is to teach music, not convince people that they should want to play music. At the Empire, we focus the lessons on the likes of the students while teaching all proper methods. If the student loves rock music, we are not going to cram classical down their throats! That just doesn’t work at all. That statement is to all the parents that think it does. The bottom line is that we know the psychology behind this and we know what we are doing to reach the kids. We are all educated in Music and experienced as professional musicians as much as your lawyer is in law.
The Empire likes to be up front and honest about music lessons and we feel in the end the clients appreciate that very much. If your kids are not doing well we are going to tell you but we are absolutely going to tell you when they are doing GREAT.
Here is the beginning of the honesty:
- If you kids are in to sports hard core and practice/play all the time, they are in most cases NOT going to have the energy, time or focus to progress. Not all the time but we have been doing this long enough to know.
- If you are going to cancel all the time, don’t bother signing up. Consistency & Repetition is the key to progress. Just ask the sports coaches & Dance instructors. Music is NO different.
- If you played and instrument when you were young or you are a person who plays as a hobby, we will not listen to you when you try to give us advice on how to teach music. Just because I own a hammer and nails doesn’t make me a qualified contractor. Get the point? 🙂
- Students who only touch there instrument or look at their books during their lessons with no extra practice time WILL PROGRESS SLOWLY!!!!!!
- Signing up for a year of lessons equals 26 hours of lesson time and that is if you show up every week or there are no holidays on your day. What do we get good at in a day and 2 hours without extra effort?
Allstar Music Empire in Flemington, NJ provides a variety of music lessons all under one roof. Teaching beginner to advanced classes, the Empire’s instructors will give you the tools and resources you need for success. Our music lessons will also have other residual benefits on students like increased confidence, adherent focus, and indisputable drive with all of their goals and social skills.
After teaching hundreds of students each year, Allstar Music Empire has created quite the collection of tips and tricks to get the most out of your music lessons. At the Empire, learn how to play these instruments all under one roof:
Here’s How to Get the Most Out of Your Music Lessons
How Young is Too Young?
Starting Your Child’s Music Lessons At the Right Age
For adults, learning an instrument can be done at any point in time. Their success will most likely be based on their commitment to practicing.
Children on the other hand are a whole different story. It’s pivotal to start them at the right age, a key element to their success with music lessons. While some individuals may tell you “the sooner, the better,” that attitude can actually be detrimental and be unsuccessful to say the least. Starting too early can cause the student to become overwhelmed, frustrated and will want to stop lessons. Preventing an unpleasant experience can mean the difference between a passionate student and one who wants nothing to do with music. Here are some guidelines you should follow to determine if your child is ready for classes.
At All-Star Music Empire, 5 years old is the youngest age we offer private piano lessons to. It’s during this age that children begin to develop longer attention spans gaining the ability to retain more information with ease.
Guitar- Acoustic, Electric, and Bass
We recommend waiting until your child turns 7 years old to begin guitar lessons. Playing such an instrument requires a fair amount of dexterity and strength to keep the pressure on the strings. Children under the age of 7 generally have small hands, making these music lessons difficult and uncomfortable.
For bass guitar, we recommend waiting until your child is 10 years or older as this four-string requires a lot more pressure from the fingers.
Vocal Technique/Vocal Lessons
Based on our experience, All-Star Music Empire recommends starting private vocal lessons at the age of 10 years or older. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, vocal chord development, and lung capacity), the younger body is usually no ready for the demanding rigors of vocal technique. Children younger than 10 years can begin vocal lessons, though we suggest dividing the lesson into two fifteen minute sessions. With this arrangement we devote fifteen minutes to voice lessons and fifteen to piano training.
The right age for drum lesson varies greatly as it generally depends on the actual size of the child. They have to be tall enough to comfortably reach both the pedals and the cymbals. On average, the age of our youngest drum students is 8 years-old.
We begin to accept violin students from the age of 5 years or older. Some teachers will actually begin training students as young as 3 years, but our experience has proven the most productive learning occurs when the student is 5 years-old or older.
Brass Instruments- Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, etc
Instruments like wind and brass requires physical exertion and lung power. The best time to start instruments that you blow in is usually at 9 years or older.
Insist on Private Lessons to Learn a Specific Instrument
Group music lessons work very well for preschool music programs and theory lessons. When actually learning how to play an instrument however, private lessons are far superior. In a one-on-one learning environment it’s difficult for the student to miss anything, with the pace set by the student’s learning abilities. Music instructors prefer private lessons also, as they can devote all of their attention onto one student rather than dividing it between 5-10 students at a time.
Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
It takes more than just having a qualified teach to learn music and instruments. By putting students in an environment focused on music education, students can alleviate themselves of any external distractions. A professional music school will help students immerse themselves into their training and education. There are no distractions from televisions, pets, phones, siblings or any other factors. For a half hour each week, full attention to their lessons will produce better results than music lessons in their own home. Other benefits to a professional music academy environment is being exposed to a variety of different musical instruments while hearing peers at various learning levels. The quality of music instructors increases as well. For teachers in a music school, this is not just a hobby or part-time job, but a responsibility that they take very seriously.
Make Practicing Easier
As with anything else, improvements in music comes with practice. One of the main problems we face with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing at home while avoiding any conflicts with parents. Here are some simple ways to make practicing much easier:
Time: Set a time to practice everyday so it becomes part of your routine and habit. An easy way to do this is to follow-up any homework assignments with practicing or practicing prior to doing your homework. Make sure the time you set to practice doesn’t conflict with any other activities like extra-cirricular programs, jobs, or other responsibilities. This method works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day students practice, the less a parent has to remind the child to practice.
Repetition: For any young child, practicing 20-30 minutes a day can feel like an eternity. That’s why All-Star Music Empire throws set practice times out and uses repetition instead. For example, instead of practicing for a half hour we tell our students to practice a certain piece four or five times, doing the same with any scales we want them to learn as well. This way, the student focuses on the number of times they’ve practiced a certain assignment rather than how long. They know by the time they are on their third attempt they are almost done!
Rewards: A great method that works very well with children and adult students alike is a rewards system. Some adults will treat themselves to a cappuccino after a successful week of practicing. Parents can use it as leverage to encourage children to practice, granting them occasional rewards for successful practice sessions. There is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done.
Use Recognized Teaching Materials
There are some excellent materials developed by professional music educators for students in a variety of situations. Collections include everything from teaching young beginners to adults that have never touched an instrument in their life. Using the right materials can help you begin at a level you are comfortable with. Like normal school textbooks, these music books and training materials are constantly being improved and updated with the best techniques each year.
In the End, the Most Important Thing to Remember Is…
To Have Fun!
Music should be something that you can enjoy for a lifetime. With that being said, try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. Everyone learns at a different pace, the key to getting the most out of music lessons is to enjoy the journey!