How to Choose a Music Teacher
The importance of Music Education is not always evident when thinking about the overall education of our children. The benefit of learning music has more to do with the quality of a well rounded education than just being able to play an instrument. Students that study music have better scores in math, science, and reading, they score higher on college entrance exams, and have a higher acceptance rate into medical and law schools. Students who participate in band and orchestra develop leadership and teamwork skills. An understanding of music broadens cultural awareness as students are exposed to different historical styles. Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort. Students however, soon realize through hard work and commitment they can accomplish almost anything. This character building exercise carries over into every aspect of life.
All too often music education is viewed as a non-essential subject in our schools, and many districts have dropped or severely cut their music curriculum to make room in their budgets. Some educators believe that this is one cause of the decline in national test scores.
It is important to find the right instructor and curriculum because every student is unique, and they all learn a little differently.
A good music instructor has to be able to convey the concepts in creative ways so that students stay excited and motivated. It is helpful to schedule a “meet and get acquainted” session with a prospective teacher. Both the student and parents can get a feel for the teacher’s approach and what he or she will require. Parents play a key role in the learning process by communicating regularly with the teacher, helping the student set aside a regular practice time, keeping the student accountable to actually practice during that time, and keeping distractions (siblings, pets, TV, etc.) away during practice. It is also essential for there to be a place in the home for the student to practice privately. National studies have shown that students who can practice privately practice significantly longer and experience greater success.
At Midwest Music Conservatory, we strive to create opportunities that help students of all ages realize their potential by offering private, group, and ensemble instruction, as well as learning to compose, record, and publish music. We have a strong teaching and support staff with a vast array of professional experiences that enable our students to pursue music to whatever level of performance they wish to achieve.
We offer piano, guitar, voice, all strings and upright bass, drums, percussion, harp, woodwinds and musical theater. We have classes for children starting at age 3, adult piano classes, free music theory classes, ensembles that are learning to write, record, and design an album, and various camps that let students explore new concepts and styles. We have a 450-seat recital hall that gives students the chance to perform on stage and experience professional performances.
If you have any questions about our programs or facility, please visit us at www.midwestmusicstl.com or call James Wells at 636-527-5558 to schedule a tour at 15977 Clayton Rd in Clarkson Valley.