Tutor Doctor | Mar 11, 2013

Music for the Masses: Helping your Student Learn a Musical Instrument

Categories: Elementary School, High School

Music is a wonderful gift to give your students, even if you are not musical yourself. Music helps students to become well rounded and mastering musical instruments and sheet music helps to develop higher cognitive functions. Whether music becomes their passion or just a fun hobby and a good way to meet other people, getting your student to take up a musical instrument can really broaden their interests.

Getting started

The first step in starting a music career is selecting an instrument that you like best. Your student can contact the music department at their school to try out different instruments to see which ones they like best. They can also try instruments that their friends and family members own to see which kinds of instruments suits them best.

Once you have narrowed down the field, contact your school’s music department or your local music store to rent a musical instrument. Get your student to play it for a while to make sure that they like it before you make the financial investment of a new instrument.

Give it a try

You may be wondering how students can try out instruments when they don’t know how to play. You can get their friends or family members to teach them a couple of really easy songs with only a few chords to practice. If there are no musical members of your family, then try Youtube.com – there are tons of music videos for beginners where students can watch step-by-step instructions on how to get started on their instrument. Online videos can also be played over and over again so that your student can learn at a pace that suits them.

Get help

Once your student has picked their instrument of choice, online videos will help to teach them new songs and how to read music, but one-on-one tutoring is the most effective way for them to learn. You can augment their lessons with summer camps or day camps where they can meet other students with the same interests. Students can join bands or orchestras at school or with students from your area.

Playing a musical instrument will really help your student to grow and develop and will be a great way for them to extend their social circles. Depending on how passionate they are about music, it can add travel opportunities and future career choices. Even if your student only enjoys music as a hobby, it’s a great gift to pass on.