What Does Learning Music Look Like

» Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Learn Muisc | 1 comment

Everybody’s experience of learning music is different, however, many of these experiences will have similar qualities.

This Article will take a look at what these qualities are, just so you know and just so you’re a little more prepared.

The Teaching And Learning Experience

We can learn so much from our students and also, the act of teaching music can enhance our own learning.

The key to being able to teach well is to draw on your own experience as a learner.

I also feel that it is important to keep learning as you teach. This way, the two experiences become almost one inseparable process, helping you to inspire your students and make your teaching more meaningful.

Remembering what was inspiring about the teachers you loved and why other teachers made music seem difficult will also inform your best teaching practice.

If you can take some time to reflect on your learning experiences to this point, you may find out more about what you need as a student of music and/or how you would like to teach.

One of the most interesting and best exercises I’ve had to do, as part of putting this blog together, was to write out my own story in music so far.

Whether you are new to music or have been doing it for a while, I do suggest you take a trip down memory lane.

Going It Alone

We never ever stop learning music and that is what is so great about the Art – there is always more to learn and always ways you can become better at it. A Band for events Melbourne is the greatest eaxample for this.

However, there will inevitably be times in your learning where you have no teacher at all and all you have to rely on is yourself.

What can be difficult is if you are new to music and want to teach yourself.

There are many “how to” books on the market as well as online tutorials but there is so much more to going it alone than simply having the information.

Again, this is one of the reasons this blog is in existence and why I have put together the Practice Diary – because the “going it alone” requires you to:

The Ups – The Downs

Something I am always telling my students is that their development won’t happen like this:

But more like this:

If you know that when you sometimes feel really down about music and you feel you are going nowhere and actually feel like giving up is an indication of an impending breakthrough, maybe you will be able to relax with the process a lot more.

It doesn’t matter how long you have been playing, the highs and lows are always going to be a part of your musical experience.

Learning how to deal with these feelings and understand how you are developing is important.

This is where a good teacher can really help by way of support, mentoring and giving direction.

In order to really understand your development and see what has past and what is coming up for you, I suggest you regularly reflect and keep a Practice Diary (sign up to Newsletter).

That way you can look back, read your reflections and see how far you have come – especially when you feel you are getting nowhere.

This can really help you get through the lows and provide motivation to keep you practicing.

Performing Experience

Eventually, you will share your music, whether casually with family or other musicians or professionally.

These experiences can again be full of highs and lows but there is really no better way to gauge how you are going with music than to do some performing or recording.




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