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Getting Started On Music Part 2
1. How do you begin finding a suitable music teacher?
There are two ways you can go about to find a suitable music teacher.
Firstly, there are many music schools that you can visit to inquire about their various programs. Take your time to understand these programs to make a comparison of which would suit your child. At the same time, many of these programs are also available on the internet, with a lot of information for you to understand what they have to offer. I would suggest going to the internet to do this.
The other choice would be to find a private music teacher, if that is what you prefer. Perhaps you may know of, heard of or got a recommendation from a friend of a very popular teacher whom you can approach to inquire about his or her program. Take your time and talk to the teacher to find out more before you make your choice. Once you are convinced, you have found a music teacher for your child.
2. What should you be looking for in a program?
To know music is to be able to play music. So I would be looking for a good balance in the various areas of my music program. I would enjoy a program that includes many styles of repertoire from classical to contemporary.
Technical studies are involved when one plays scales, arpeggios and broken chords. Some teachers may also include other additional technical studies as well.
Aural studies are essential to develop rhythmic feel, listening skills and pitch.
Theory is always inclusive and is based on an examination syllabus, which is totally fine.
3. Are annual music exams compulsory?
Music examinations can be taken whenever a student feels there is a need for him or her to know the level that they are at. I would recommend that the early years of music learning be spent on exploring and listening to a lot of music instead.