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Below are few guidelines to help you find an appropriate music teacher. Music lessons often continue for some time and establishing a good pupil/teacher relationship is vital. A teacher may be good, but they may not be the right teacher for you or your child, you have to suit each other.
Approach finding a teacher with at least the same care you would with any new professional relationship Always pursue references. Good teachers will be happy to let you speak to other pupils and parents. Do not be frightened to ask questions like:
Once you get to a discussion about the style of lessons themselves you could ask the teacher:
You will need to tell the teacher:
Do not make a decision to follow a course of lessons without first meeting your teacher, particularly if you are looking for lessons for a child. Don’t feel obliged to make a snap decision, consider your options and all the things the teacher(s) has told you.
If you can, speak to a number of teachers, this is a new long-term relationship and the human dynamics are very important.
Once the lessons have started, ask your teacher how things are going on a regular basis and make sure you are both keeping to your agreed terms.