Music Myths… Busted!
Here are some common myths about music. These are things I’ve heard over the 10 years I’ve spent teaching and talking to people about their learning experiences. Each Monday I’ll add another post about Music Myths.
Have you heard or even *gasp!* said any of these?
Myth: If I make a lot of mistakes my teacher will drop me.
Reality: Your teacher hopes to help you overcome mistakes and the only way to do that is to make mistakes in front of the teacher! Excellent teachers know it’s rare to play through a song in its entirety without making a mistake… So we don’t expect perfection at all times. We PREFER to witness mistakes to help you fix whatever is going wrong and learn how to jump those hurdles in the future. Your lessons are the best time to make mistakes.
Myth: I’ll never be able to play well because I didn’t start as a child. Adults learn too slowly.
Reality: It is never too late to learn! You never know what learning music could do for you. If you practice each day and learn the instrument you are most interested in, you’ll be surprised how quickly you pick up the new information. Adults usually struggle the most with understanding the information on a cognitive level before being able to practically use it so technical exercises may be a challenge but as with everything, repetition is a wonderful teacher. Adults of all ages, regardless of background, benefit greatly from music education. Adult students are actually a ton of fun to teach!
Myth: I have to practice for an hour every single time to see results.
Reality: Find the amount of time that is optimal for you as a student. If you know that you only have 10 minutes & think you can troubleshoot one section of a song, go for it! 10 minutes here and there is so much better than zero. Maybe you’ll have the chance to practice for another 10 minutes later that day, too. Now you’re at 20 minutes for the day! Instead of a set amount of time, set a practice goal. Have in mind what you’d like to achieve and practice until you’ve got it down. Take any amount of time you can use and watch those practice sessions become incredibly productive.
Myth: I can’t write in my music.
Reality: Writing in your music can help you greatly to understand what’s already written on the page at a glance. You can add fingering, circle tricky passages, enlarge key or time signatures, highlight repeat signs, whatever you need to help you at a moment’s notice. Your music books can look more like workbooks. Do not think I am instructing you to write in every single note name. I am absolutely, 100% not telling you to write in every single note name. You can, however, write in little guides for you as you navigate the page. Write just enough to help and always use pencil. In fact, always keep a pencil near your practice area so you can write things down quickly!
What are some more myths you want to see busted?