Why You May Need A Musical Instructor

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Why You May Need A Musical Instructor

There are many reasons to hire a qualified, musical instructor these days. It may be that you’d like to learn how to sing for pleasure. Or, possibly you’d like to learn how to play the guitar so you can strum along as the church choir sings. Whatever your reason is, it is important to remember that it’s essentially impossible to learn how to play an instrument correctly without any instruction; even if the instrument is our own voice.

Hiring A Music Instructor Can Advance Your Academic Career

Are you still in school? If so, depending on the grade level you’re in, you’re probably offered extra curricular activities. These actives tend to include choir, band, theater, and orchestra. All of these fun filled extra classes involve music in some way, or another. If you’d like to advance yourself in your extra curricular actives, hiring a musical instructors a great way to go.

A musical instructor can help you on whatever you’re struggling with. It is difficult to get individual attention from a choir director when you are having trouble reading the music. A musical instructor will have no issue with helping you fully understand all that you need to know to read music properly.

The cost is not a lot with certain promos.

Of course, no one works for free. We all have to keep the lights on, and this includes musical instructors. Many musical instructors offer 30 minute sessions. These sessions usually range in price from $20, to $40. This will depend on the level of education, and level of modesty of the music instructor. If an instructor has a masters degree in music, you should expect to pay more then taking lessons from the first-chair, trumpet player at your high school.

They Can Give You An Assessment Of Your Talent, And Give You Contacts To Improve Your Presence In The Music Scene.

They’re many plays, concerts and recitals that you can be a part of. Once you’ve mastered your instrument, it’s only fair to share that newly gained skill with others. This is something your music instructor will make possible. It’s very likely that the music instructor you choose will hold his or her own recitals.

I know you’ll enjoy having this valuable, and very entertaining skill. It’s probably not very likely that you’ll become a rock star, but the rewards for playing for your city’s symphony are just as great.

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Certifying As a Music Instructor In The United States

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Certifying As a Music Instructor In The United States

Ah, education, the only field where one needs to prove they can do a job despite having professional skills therein before they are allowed to partake. From Mathematics to under water basket weaving, a teacher of any stripe needs to undergo certification in order to be let into a classroom. If you dream of teaching music, allow me to make this journey as easy as possible for you.

Assuming your goal is to teach music, and this includes choir, band, marching bad, jazz band, string quartet, barbershop, and any other such music related skill, the first thing you need to do is decide at what level one wishes to perform. Teaching young learners in the K-12 space requires much different documentation and certification than teaching privately, or teaching a specific instrument, like piano.

If you wish to teach at the “elementary or high school level,” K-12 in the United States, you will need a teaching certification if it is a public school. Each state has different requirements to certify teachers. These requirements can be found on the state’s Department Of Education website. Keep in mind, however, that not all states are created equal, and once you are certified in one state, it is easier to certify in others.

Assuming the average, your state will require a teaching license to teach music. This means you will need one year of pedagogical theory courses from an accredited university. Then you will need at least six months of practicum, the so called student teaching. You will also need an undergraduate degree in your discipline, so this is two more years for a music specialization. To graduate, you will likely need a general education or core liberal arts curriculum, which should take roughly one semester.

Four years total. During this time you will also need to pass your local instructor certification exam that certifies you as being knowledgeable in your specialization. In most places this is the Praxis II exam. This will be administered during your third year of university. Technically once you pass you are certified, but the system is designed to keep people out rather than let people in.

“That’s just too much! I’m already quite skilled, I am even a professional musician!” You say. Some states, like Florida, have special programs that allow professional to undergo an expedited teacher certification program online, allowing them to do their student teaching almost anywhere, and certify as a teacher in Florida which has some of the easiest certification rules in the country. Once you are certified there you need only apply to the local Department Of Education to have your certification embossed for the state you wish to teach or reside within.

Failing those you can certify through the government’s American Board program. Honestly through just doing it at the undergraduate level is the easiest way, as it ensures you won’t get hit with complications or rules changes down the road. As a matter of work advice, no one will question your undergraduate either, and other instructors won’t treat you like an educational pariah for not “earning your stripes” like they did.

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A Music Instructor Can Be Invaluable

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A Music Instructor Can Be Invaluable

In order to play any musical instrument, it takes a certain degree of talent, but there are many who say that all talent is developed through good instruction and practice. This is probably true to a large extent and having a good and capable music instructor will go a long way in building confidence in the student and supplying the correct methods of playing.

Demonstration is one of the biggest factors in learning to play an instrument, and then showing the student how to practice an exercise is one of the main keys to proper learning. It is the old watch it, do it, and then perfect it technique that is so successful in learning how to do anything.

In learning how to play any instrument, one must begin with the most simple of exercises, and then be led to the more complex. This technique allows the student to have hundreds of little successes and virtually zero failures. After all how can one fail when the lesson is learning how to play a whole note and hold it for 4 counts?

A good music instructor will become the best cheerleader for the student, partially because the instructor knows all of the ups and the downs of learning how to play a particular instrument. If the student can digest lessons in little bites at a time, the whole process seems to fit together very nicely in the long run.

Learning how to play an instrument involves mechanical learning as well as learning to identify how an instrument is supposed to sound. There are actually people who do not know and never will know how music is supposed to sound, as they are “tone deaf” and are incapable of hearing music correctly. A music instructor will be able to identify these people and encourage them to find their satisfaction elsewhere, as they cannot be helped.

However for the person who is capable of appreciating the tonal qualities of music, the music instructor can be of great assistance. The instructor can gently guide the student along a pre-determined path, step-by-step and allow the student to grow a little bit at a time.

Great progress in learning music is accomplished a note at a time, a measure at a time and a song at a time. Success revolves as much around good practice habits as much as anything.

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