Learning a musical instrument can seem daunting and often the fantasy of playing on stage or creating your own music from wrath can seem a world away. But with focus, determination and a great teacher, those dreams may not be as far away as they seem.
Aside from the benefits of gaining a new talent, learning an instrument can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing, general health and even in your professional life. Being dedicated to learning an instrument takes time and can provide a sense of self worth as well as giving the brain a workout. Having a talent like proficiency in a musical instrument takes dedication and time, and this can resonate positively with potential employers. Studies have shown that in children, regular music lessons can improve reasoning skills, focus and self esteem.
Of course, one of the most important factors in finding joy in learning a new skill is the right teacher. A great music teacher should provide support, structure and plan realistic goals for their student to work towards in order to inspire them and keep them motivated. At the Soho Music School, we tailor our lessons to each individual rather than taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It is important to recognise that not every student will learn in the same way, and a great teacher will recognise this and adjust and adapt lessons to fit their student’s abilities and preferences.
With tenacity and focus, anybody can become proficient at the instrument of their choice!
Here are a few ways to stay on track:
*Find inspiration by watching other musicians you respect and admire. Read their stories. This will help you plan your route for success yourself and may inspire you further.
*Plan your practice time and allocate a little bit of time each day if you can, even if it’s only 15 minutes! The more you stick to a schedule, the more it will become a habit.
*Remember, even the greatest musicians were beginners once upon a time, just like you! DOn’t get disheartened because you’re not brilliant right away, it takes time and dedication to become proficient.
*Set realistic goals for yourself- maybe learning to play a particular song? This will give you a sense of accomplishment and drive you to keep improving.
*Don’t give up! Remember, you only fail when you quit!