The Criteria for Choosing Music Lessons

Mississauga School of MusicLearning to play a musical instrument is a life skill that can lead to many years of enjoyment. Far too often, parents are willing to forfeit the quality of a professional music instructor for a lower price point. The price one pays is far greater when one has invested their resources, but failed to receive sufficient training for their children. Here is the Top 5 Checklist to help you make an informed decision when choosing music lessons for your child.

1. Qualification
Bad habits are far more difficult to correct than starting off strong with a solid foundation. Far too many children are being taught by their peers. How much can they learn if other kids are teaching them? Is your instructor a professional with music degrees in performance or education?
2. Teaching Experience and Reputation
How many years of experience does your instructor have? Do they have a good reputation and have they been recommended by friends/family?
3. Goals
Does your instructor set goals for your children? Small weekly goals to long term goals like RCM Examinations? Are parents encouraged to be involved to help their kids reach these goals?
4. Professional Development
Does your instructor encourage your kids to participate in music Festivals, Competitions or Recitals?
5. Results
Ask your instructor to see their students’ results from past music competitions, festivals and RCM Examinations.

By: Malina Goh

Malina Goh is the associate director of MSoM: Mississauga School of Music which has been providing the community with the highest standard in music instruction for the past 25 years. Their professional team of qualified music instructors can account for the countless festival awards and RCM Exam results, in the top percentile, brought home by their students (including the coveted National Gold Medal and Provincial Gold Medals). MSoM was voted the No.1 Music School in Mississauga by The Reader’s Choice.

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