Pedal Point Music Blog


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by William Suit | Uncategorized

Starting music lessons for the first time can be somewhat intimidating.  There's excitement and anxiety pounding at your nerves, assaulting the tranquil vision of musical wonder.  Still, there you are standing in a studio, meeting your instructor for the first time.

I'm always amused and curious of a new student's perception of me as well as their expectations during that first 30 minutes together.  Every teacher has his/her approach to the orientation process.  It can't be avoided.  You have to take a few minutes to establish a loose rapport while setting clear expectations about the weeks ahead.

Personally I try to make the first lesson all about the student.  After all, this person has invested time and money to meet with me in hopes of growing musical skills.  I would sell the student short if I spent the entire time explaining my demands and setting expectations.  This is a person in front of me - a unique individual with a talent like no one else in the world.  Who knows where that will go?  I certainly don't.  So, I feel a grand responsibility to make every minute count toward accomplishing goals!

I have a number of students who are incredibly analytical.  Every note, rest, dynamic, etc. is meticulously picked apart with them as they meander through a song for the first time. Time and experience has taught me to gently guide these students toward an understanding of how this plays into their musical experience.  To me, such a student is often a very good musician in the end.

That's because these students ask "WHY?"

Asking why is actually very important to your growth as  musician.  It drives you to understand the shape and direction of the composition before you.  That drive creates a thirst for my favorite subject, Music Theory.  Music Theory answers the question, "Why?" and stirs the curiosity of the musician toward a better interpretation of the performance the song demands.

So, if you're one of the musicians who gets a song stuck in your head that plays over and over until you've conquered every theoretical aspect of it, relax!  You're analytical mind is preparing you to enjoy that song to it's fullest!  Perhaps you will perform it in a way that brings out qualities and elements that before now have gone unnoticed.

So ask away as you learn!  You'll be a better musician for it!