Guitar Lessons Tulsa | Practicing at Home

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The first thing that I want to talk about today is how to prepare for guitar lessons Tulsa properly. So we have a lot of podcasts on how to prepare for guitar lessons Tulsa, but really actually what I want to talk about is how to practice after your lesson. So one of the things that we teach our instructors here at Curtis music Academy is how to be very thoughtful and very intentional about creating good practice plans for our students. So we recognize the importance of doing so. Making sure that our students are incredibly prepared once they leave, because if they’re not prepared and if they don’t know what they’re supposed to be practicing, then the guitar lessons Tulsa are really novice, not as useful. 


It really kind of depriving them of that they, the stuff that they’re paying for, you need to be able to go home and practice the things that you learned in the lesson.If you can’t do that, then we have certainly failed you as instructors. And we all recognize that. So add a lot of different music schools. We’ve recognized that tons of people will get home and they’re not really sure what they’re doing. So what we do at Curtis music Academy is we want to help you as you go home, whether you’re practicing piano or guitar after your guitar lessons Tulsa, we want to make sure that you are adequately prepared to do the things that you need to do. So too. 


To reiterate, we’re really good at creating practice strategies. At the end of every lesson, one of the things that we could check on when we’re doing instructor observations is, is how they reiterate the practice strategies to the student. So we want to make sure that they’re giving the student a very clear, concise plan for how to do what they need to do.You know how to do the stuff at home, make sure that they’re telling them exactly what to do. So a lot of times instructors can get a little bit ambiguous when it comes to practicing. 


They say, Oh, just practice this song. But what we need them to do is to say, Hey Henry, go home and practice these six measures with your left hand. If you’re taking piano lessons and practice these other measures with your right hand and once you mastered each pimp, go ahead and try to do it together. And we also want to make sure that we’re telling them how long they should be practicing. A lot of our adult adult students, it’s a little bit harder cause they are really busy and things like that, but we do still want to make sure that we’re giving them a time to practice and telling them how long they should be practicing to maintain and keep up with their guitar lessons Tulsa as to supplement them properly.


So we do tell our adult students in our child soons to practice, you know, 1520 minutes a day for guitars. If you’re learning taking guitar lessons Tulsa and your fingers start to hurt. That’s why we kind of recommend a smaller amount of time per day for guitar students, like maybe 10 minutes at a time or so. Because if you don’t, you’re just starting out. It’s really going to hurt your fingers. And if you’re hurting your fingers every time you practice, you’re not going to want to practice. It’s going to be kind of a deterrent, something that really draws you away from practicing. 


So we want to make sure that we’re telling our students exactly what they should be practicing and how they should be practicing certain amount of time is definitely really important for us at Curtis music Academy. But it’s also really important that we’re just giving you specific and detailed instructions when you go home from guitar lessons Tulsa so that you know exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. That is something that I check for every week when I’m also doing the bonus checklist for our instructors. I make sure that we are doing all the things necessary to adequately tell our students what to and how to practice. 


So I’ve also come up with a couple different sheets on how parents can help their students practice at home. If that’s piano, I’m going to go over that sheet in a different podcast here, but it’s really awesome way for us to have the parents involved as well. Cause when your parent is involved in, it’s obviously incredibly motivating for you as a student. You’re going to want to practice if your parents don’t want you practicing. So that’s another thing that we check for. We want to make sure that if our students are children and their parents are present, that are in checkers, are kind of informing them as to what’s going on.


Letting them know all the things that their is learning and how they can help at home. I think how that can help at home. It’s just really, really important for all of our students and everything like that. So practicing at home is something that it’s really important and incredibly supplemental to your lessons. Whether you’re taking guitar lessons at vocal lessons or piano lessons, no matter the lesson, practicing is critical to maintaining and keeping up with your lessons. If you’re just taking lesson once a week for half an hour, are you in an hour? You are really not going to learn very much at all. 


You’re not going to learn. You’re going to be, you know, just going through the motions and here you’re going to be so far behind other students. So are suits that do practice at home. They begin to, you know, master those and they begin to truly master the pieces that they’re working on and things of that nature. That’s, it’s really awesome for them. The students who are practicing, they’re always so much farther ahead than our students who don’t practice and it’s really obvious when they come into their lesson, no matter what lesson it is. Well, there’s guitar, piano, or vocal lessons. It’s really easy to spot.


 If they have not been keeping up with their practicing, it’s really easy to see because you know they’re farther behind. They haven’t learned this one measure yet. They’re still messing up and making the same mistakes. So practicing is where you’re supposed to iron out those mistakes. In the lesson is a time where you’re supposed to be able to sit with your instructor and go over the difficult things, want to talk about the diligent doer. We want our students to be in their lessons, learning all of the hard things and not the easy things that they should be doing at home, but we’re going to make sure that they’re doing all the difficult things and things that they’re really unsure about the hardest parts of the piece.