HOW TO CHOOSE A MUSIC SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD: 8 CRUCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
The time has come for your little angel to start music lessons. You have noticed the singing in the house, the excitement of seeing a musical instrument, and the enthusiasm when doing musical performances in school. Where do you start, therefore, in your search for a music school? Let us look at a few things you need to consider.
- 1. Location: The location of the music school is critical. It should be at a place that is easy to access, and near your home. You would not want to get to the school, and your child is too tired to learn or is in a bad mood because of the long trip.
- 2. Track record of the school: Ask around. Does the school have good reviews? What do other parents and students say about it? Do your homework.
- 3. Facilities: Does the school have enough teaching rooms? Is there a waiting area? How many instruments does the school offer? Find out if there are practice rooms, and if they are readily available for use.
- 4. Staff: Find out if the school has qualified tutors. You also need to see if they have experience in handling children, especially the younger ones. Most schools will offer a trial lesson to see if your child will cope with the assigned teacher.
- 5. Teaching methods: Good teaching methods are very crucial. Every student should be equipped with skills to read and interpret music. Find out if the school focuses on music theory as well as performance, as these go hand in hand. You need to know that your child is being trained to read music, as well as to play the instrument.
- 6. Performance Opportunities: Performing for an audience is an essential part of the learning process. The student gets to prepare something for an audience, and in the process learns the importance of practice and perfection. A concert also gives the parents and guardians a chance to see how the child is progressing. Find out if the school provides these opportunities.
- 7. Lesson Duration and Rates: Make sure you know how long a lesson is, the lesson rates and when payments are due. Note that a younger child has a lower concentration level, and therefore should not have a lesson that lasts more than half an hour. Agree with the teacher on the number of lessons your child will have every week. It is also important to get to know the school’s policy on lesson cancellations and the circumstances under which make up lessons are given.
- 8. Communication: Does the school have an efficient way of communicating with students and their parents? If the teacher is not in, will you get the information in good time? If the lesson time is going to change, will they let you know? Find out what modes of communication the school uses.
Now you are ready to go looking for a music school. All the best!