Every organization strives to achieve a high reputation and music schools are no different. In fact, being responsible for the future of young talents, it is of utmost importance to have a teaching staff that is highly qualified and professionalized to provide music education to children. The director checks the credentials of a teacher even before interviewing him/her.
Moreover, teachers at music schools have a healthy competition going on among themselves. Teachers sit together during a cup of coffee or over lunch and discuss issues and methods of music education every day. After concerts and tests, they discuss about the progress of each student. It’s quite a vibrant and enthusiastic atmosphere in the teachers’ room and this helps the younger teachers learn new things from the experienced ones. Opinions and views are exchanged and a lot of useful information about working with children is brought forth all the time. Students benefit from this as the teachers constantly improve upon their methods of music education by interacting among themselves. The performance and reputation of each teacher is monitored, and therefore they must strive to achieve excellence in how to interact with parents of the students, with the principal, and with each other.
Private music teachers too have and unspoken competition going on among themselves in terms of teaching methods and professionalism, but they meet on far lesser occasions than those at music school.
Many parents seem to think that their child only needs to take lessons, and these can be taken from private music teachers. But this view is correct only if they want their child to learn for a maximum of four or five years.
If parents think that the music lessons will be taught better and more efficiently by private teachers, it shows that they have no idea of the vast benefits that music education at music schools has to offer. Moreover, as I stated in one of my previous articles, the IQ of children increases only if they study several music subjects, which is possible only at music schools. This is because you need an expert to teach each one of these subjects!
The environment of music education is one of the important constituents of music education. When kids are small, they look up to their parents as the authoritative figures. When they grow older into teenagers, they consider their friends and schoolmates as the authority. This natural phenomenon needs to be considered seriously! Before the age of 12, you as parents are the most influential figures in the children’s life. Afterwards, they will have more people in life to look up to, and have certain goals and aspirations.
After the age of 12, children aspire to achieve big things in life, but due to immaturity they often overestimate themselves. If they do not get the right understanding, they rebel against the music lessons. Parents in turn give them long lectures, offer incentives, or even yell at them and threaten them to continue their music education. But nothing works, and the parents give up their efforts.
Shouldn’t you then work differently with your kids and guide them? What should you do to maintain their interest in music learning during these turbulent teenage years? We will see next.