Finding “The One” Teacher for You
Did you stumble onto our site because you are looking for a music teacher? Perhaps you have never sung/played an instrument before, but you’d really like to step up and give it a try. Or maybe you used to sing and play, but you’ve put it all on a back burner for a while, and now you’re ready to get back into it! Whatever your situation, you need a teacher.
How do you choose a good teacher? Do you look for background, style, or degrees? Do you approach schools and trust them to match you to the best instructor?
My advice to you is this: focus on finding an individual who teaches functional technique (whether it’s vocal, piano, or whatever…), has high standards, and is supportive. Good technique will make up the primary tools that will help you play or sing. As you practice your technique, your individual voice will start to emerge. Just remember: foundation needs to come first, and aesthetic will follow.
A good teacher will encourage your style. A good teacher will push you to be better than they are. I’ve had bullying teachers. I’ve had intimidating teachers. They are motivating, but they motivate with fear. Maybe this is inspiring to you. I have learned that I don’t need to be bullied or frightened into achievement. I don’t need to be judged, either. I just need information, and I need to show up and do my work.
Perhaps I am a good teacher match for you. I hope so, and I am certainly willing to try a lesson with you! But maybe I’m not. And that’s OK. I just want to encourage you, to go after your dream of making music again, and find yourself a teacher who is not drowning in ego or clouded by the letters after their name so that they no longer know for what reason they are teaching music. There is someone out there who can lead you along this wonderfully enjoyable path to musical success.
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