Theory and Music Lessons With Sparks

Theory and Music lessons:   “For me, true adults are not those with overwhelming ‘maturity’, but those who have kept a child’s innocence.  they have sparks in their eyes and a child’s spring in their step.”

JUDY FORD

http://www.judyford.com

NUTURE OUR MUSICAL GARDEN WITH THEORY AND MUSIC

LESSONS

Teachers have prepared  their studios for students beginning theory and music lessons, are fine tuning and  firming up schedules, and anticipating the musical year that’s coming up.  In September we’re planting a musical garden with our students with theory and music lessons.  In order for our garden to grow and to be everything we imagine, we plant our seeds and with awe and wonder of each musical step, we watch and marvel as our musical garden grows.  Our musical garden is nurtured  at every step that our students master and their theory and music lessons.  We are careful to grow our garden by ensuring students are learning each component that’s necessary for a good musical education – technique, aural development, sight reading, history, composition, and theory to name just a few.  We are also careful to weed our garden by avoiding misunderstandings between teacher, student, and parent, by keeping our expectations very clear, by assisting in setting out a good practice schedule, and by helping students avoid disappointments by guiding them through their theory and music lessons every step of the way.

As parents you are also preparing your garden.  Your children are small seeds asking to sprout, grow in beauty and bring their contribution to the world.  As a parent and a teacher our responsibility is to help them grow in an atmosphere of respect and harmony in all aspects of their life including their theory and music lessons.  As teachers that provide theory and music  lessons we approach each student as if they are going to be a virtuoso, which means every technical aspect and musical phrase is important.    The teachers goal is to instill a love of music through the theory and music  lessons and to provide a love of creating music at every lesson.  The “total student” approach is what helps our students grow, mature, and bloom as musicians and music lovers.

THEORY AND MUSIC LESSONS –

THE TOTAL STUDENT APPROACH

What does that “total student” approach entail?  Presenting all aspects of music to the student – beautiful pieces to play, to listen to, to enjoy, and to understand.  Theory is an important area of music that is often overlooked and undervalued.  Make sure your child is having theory and music lessons.  Why is theory important?  Theory  is learning how the music they play is written.  By ensuring theory and music lessons are happening your child will understand the music they are playing. Theory is necessary to their musical growth and is necessary.

Our jobs as parents and as teachers is huge, and starting with  that first theory and music lesson, we can grow our garden to something awesome and amazing.

THE COMMITMENT TO THEORY AND MUSIC LESSONS

Nobody said this is an easy task. Committing to theory and music lessons is a big commitment for the parent as well as the student.

Once your child begins their theory and  music lessons, your job is not complete. It’s important that you monitor your child’s progress, including monitoring their attitude and commitment to their music and theory lessons. The job of the teacher and the parent is to ensure happiness and success for the student, and this is achieved by exploiting the individual student’s strengths in their theory and music lessons.

If you are an intermediate music student, you will require additional theory lessons, and schedules can be challenging to find a time for  theory and music lessons.  In addition to the traditional one-on-one theory and music lessons, often theory can be taught in small groups. This can work well because of the interaction with the other students. In order to find out if there are group theory lessons in your area,  your teacher or the local music department at the University may be able to guide you. Another option is online lessons. This option is fantastic for busy parents and students. If you investigate the online option, try to ensure that there is some follow-up with the teacher. As is human nature, if you don’t have a teacher that’s asking to complete assignments is easy to put off getting to the work. Also, it’s necessary to have some direct and timely feedback to successfully build from concept to concept.  Take a look at the courses offered at www.musictheoryonline.ca  and see if there is a fit for theory and music lessons on this website.

Theory and Music Lessons

Music and Theory Lessons Online

For parents who are looking for more information about music and theory lessons take a look at  http://pianoeducation.org/pnostips.html — let me know what you think.

Do you have questions about theory and music lessons?  Email me at roxanne@musictheoryonline and we can chat or reply to this blog.

As I said earlier, the commitment to begin theory and music lessons is not to be taken lightly and once the decision is made, with hard work and loving guidance our musical garden will flourish.

 

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