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Consistency is key. When it comes to learning something as intricate as a musical instrument, it is important to practice regularly, every day if possible. Students will benefit most from their lessons if they pick up their instruments or sing often.

It is important to be balanced. I prefer an approach to learning that emphasizes a balance of all the elements needed to be a well-rounded musician. This includes a mix of ear training, technique, and theory, as well as learning and composing songs, just to name a few areas of focus.

Think big, work small. It’s important to have long term goals to keep us inspired to continue learning and playing. The best approach to reaching those goals is to work just a little bit at a time, day by day. I assist my students in creating daily, weekly, and monthly practice/action plans to help them reach their goals.

Being challenged is essential for growth and improvement. If you only ever work on the things that you are already good at, your singing or playing will become stagnant and you won’t grow. So prepare to be challenged 

Listening is essential. This makes sense, as music is a hearing art, but sometimes it’s important to have a reminder. Students are encouraged to listen to as much music as possible, and to listen carefully to the sound that they are producing when they play and sing. This will help guide technique and shape musicality.

Learning music is not a race. There is no finish line when it comes to learning music. Progress and understanding develop slowly over time when you invest in consistent practice, and there will always be more to learn and more ways to improve. If you can let go of the need to get things done within a certain time you will come to find that your musical journey will be much more joyous.

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