Making Piano Lessons Work For You
So you’ve decided to give lessons a go. Maybe you’ve been entertaining the idea for quite some time and you finally scheduled that first lesson. A lot of thoughts might be going through your mind about this new experience. Perhaps you have had some reservations about even following through and might even be having second thoughts now that you crossed that threshold.
Well, that’s all quite normal. Here is a strong suggestion: put all those thoughts on hold. Do not make this a conditional experience. Conditional on what? Whatever. Whether it’s the teacher, how you feel that first lesson went for you, the idea that you’ll never remember the names of those piano keys, or just some fleeting idea that you made some mistake by getting started with those lessons, allow this opportunity to breath.
Remember Your Original “Why”
If you make your decision to continue on this, that, or the other thing, you’re sabotaging yourself. If this seems to be what’s happening, remember your initial reasons for having gotten to this point. Stay in touch with them. Sure, it might seem uncomfortable right now. This is something new for you and your brain’s defense mechanism is trying to protect you from the unknown. Don’t fall for this charade. Make a commitment to yourself that you’ll allow yourself to have fun with the experience for the next 6 months regardless of what those negative thoughts are saying to you.
The Right Teacher Can Make The Difference
Actually, an effective teacher can help you with this. You really need to share how you are feeling about your piano lesson experience with this individual. If you’re connected with the right instructor, he or she will want to know how you are feeling about it all.
By the way, if there is a an obstacle that seems to persist, be sure to acknowledge it. Whatever you do, don’t allow your enjoyment of those lessons to be conditional on that. For example, if you don’t feel connected to the teacher you’ve been with, don’t make the same mistake so many others have made by telling yourself that lessons are not for you. Chances are good that the teacher was not in tune (no pun intended) with what was necessary to make this a positive experience for you. It happens. Actually, a good number of people come to our studio sharing such previous experiences. It’s just a fact: there are piano teachers out there who are not able to adjust or adapt to specific personalities. They’re human, too. You have your options.
Keep On Keepin’ On!
In short, do not make your piano lesson experience conditional on anything or anyone. Simply make a promise to yourself that you will approach everything from the viewpoint that you want to enjoy yourself and that you’ll do what it takes to allow that to happen. Again, communication is key. The rapport you have with your instructor needs to be such that the mutual interaction is encouraged and nurtured. When it’s right, you’ll know it is.