When it comes to learning a new instrument it’s often not as simple as just picking up an instrument and following a YouTube video. While there are some great resources for virtual music lessons, getting direct instruction and feedback from a teacher in organized lessons is the best way to develop skills and foster a love of music that will last a lifetime.

6 Keys to great music lessons

At Capstone Music, we love to “play” and making music lessons fun and engaging. Whether in-studio or remote, we’re all about delivering the best music lessons in Burlington – and beyond with our virtual private lesson offerings!

1. A great teacher

A music teacher who is able to understand their student and figure out their overall objectives is going to be key in how well someone picks up the necessary skills. Whether a student wants to be serious in their skill development or is just looking to learn some basics and have fun with their new skills plays a big role in how a music lesson should be structured. A music teacher who can recognize the difference and create a lesson that speaks to their students’ goals will have the highest success rate.

2. The right instrument

The instrument chosen will play a significant role in how successful the music lessons are. If a student isn’t excited about the instrument that they’re learning or if it doesn’t fit them properly, they won’t take pride in their skill development. One of the easiest ways for a student to keep up with their practice time at home is if they love the instrument they play and are excited to get better at it.

3. Internal drive

No matter how great the lesson and studio are, a student won’t make it very far if they don’t have the internal drive to keep up with homework, practice time and lessons. Learning a new instrument takes work and if the student isn’t willing to put in that work after the lesson has ended, their skills won’t develop and the lessons they’ve learned won’t actually stick.

 4. A great facility

The space in which music lessons are given is just as important as the instrument being played and the teacher giving the lesson. A great space for music lessons should be clean and quiet with dedicated lesson rooms that are soundproof and set up for learning. Lesson rooms shouldn’t be cluttered or distracting, but should have any tools that might be needed set up for easy access.

5. Location of the studio

If students have to travel too far or struggle with traffic on the way and parking once they’ve arrived, they will be less motivated and excited to go to music lessons each week. A music facility that has plenty of parking and is located in an area that is convenient to get to will have a much better chance of encouraging students to make the time commitment each week. Since a large number of music students are children, the facility location has to be convenient for parents to get to each week.

6. Access to virtual lessons

Sometimes, a great music school may be a bit of a distance away. Or, there may be instances of bad weather where getting in to the studio may be problematic. A studio/school that delivers high quality music lessons one-on-one online can be just like being there in person. If the quality of technologing, teachers, and environment is right – online virtual lessons are an excellent option on occasion or ongoing!

Learning an instrument should be fun

At the end of the day, great music lessons allow the student to have fun with their instrument as they’re learning it. If the lessons and practice time only feel like a chore, a student will always find reasons to not follow through. The location of the facility and how well it is set up for learning can help music lessons feel more like fun rather than a chore.