Students getting the most out of music lessons is one of the most important things to us at MBMS Frisco TX. We want every students' learning experience with us to be a fun, positive, creative, and productive time. So whether you're taking piano lessons, drum lessons, bass guitar lessons, voice/vocal lessons, or guitar lessons we desire for it to be a fulfilling and enriching experience for you. So regardless the music lessons your in or contemplating, the following items can really help you get the greatest benefit from your lessons with us. We believe in a three pronged approach to getting the most out of music lessons.
As teachers, we certainly play a key role in each student’s overall success. One of our primary goals is to listen carefully to find what inspires and motivates the student, and then to customize a lesson plan with that in mind. We use a lot of encouragement and positive reinforcement in the teaching process. Our purpose is to help students achieve their unique goals in music. Our teachers work with each student to customize lessons and a practice plan that will work with their specific goals, interests and schedules.
Each week, students spend a relatively short amount of time in lessons – typically either 30 minutes or 60 minutes in one-on-one lessons with their teacher. As such, the majority of the progress a student sees will typically take place at home, between lessons. What happens at home is one of the biggest factors that determines a student’s progress. With this in mind, our teachers work with students very specifically to understand how much practice time you can realistically commit to each week, and then set practice goals appropriately. Then they will work with you and structure lessons accordingly. We do not have any set amount of practice time that we expect, but rather understand that each student’s schedule is different, and work from there. It is important to keep in mind that often times, if practicing is not a scheduled part of the student’s week, then it simply doesn’t happen.
Parental involvement is also a very important element in the student’s musical journey. Our desire is to keep the parents informed about what is happening in music lessons, and to keep the lines of communication open at all times. The more information that we receive from parents (and students), the better. If the student’s musical interests have changed, or they need some different inspiration, or they would like to further explore another aspect of music (e.g., songwriting, improvisation, etc.), or whatever it might be - we would love to know that, so we can adjust lessons accordingly. So communication is key with us. We want to make sure that we continue to meet each and every student where they are.
Parents also play a huge role at home. The support a student receives at home is critically important in the overall success of music lessons. In order for the student to get the most out of lessons, the parents need to be involved in a positive, encouraging manner. Some students thrive with more parental involvement and some students thrive with less. We know that you know your child best, and as such, we generally defer to you in this area. However, from time-to-time, we may make suggestions and ask you to help us by trying different approaches (e.g., being more or less actively involved in lessons or practice) as a part of our teaching process.
We will have many more practical tips, coming up, for how parental involvement can really help students progress!