Making the Most of Your Lessons

Michael Walters

Mon Nov 30 2020 | 7 Minute Read

Are you getting the absolute most out of your lessons? It’s simple to show up, play your instrument and leave, but there are many other factors that attribute to the success of your lessons.

Key Takeaways


Being Present and Attentive

What does it mean to be present and attentive? Simply put, 100% of your focus is on your instructor and your playing. Nothing else in that moment should matter. When you are in private lessons (or any educational environment) you should be paying attention to the lesson the whole time. 

We are all human, and that’s what makes the last statement so challenging. If focusing is something you have issues with, talk to your instructor. They can help you stay accountable.

Talk About What Works

It’s important to remember that your lessons need to be about you, and how to improve your own musical ability. Sometimes we can be self conscious or nervous to critique our instructors since they can be seen as better than us.

If you feel as if you’re not living up to what you should be achieving, (although important to recognize that it could just take time) it can also be certain teaching methods preventing you from understanding what’s supposed to be happening. If an instructor's method isn’t working for you, they’re never going to know that unless you tell them. 

In the same way that your instructors will try to find the things wrong with how you’re playing your instrument, they also need to be told what they can be doing better, and in turn will provide you with an overall more enjoyable and productive experience. 


When you are taking lessons, it is important to note that your instructor is there first to make you a better musician. With that being said, being receptive to criticism is crucial. 

Don’t take criticism personally. Both you and the instructor are there to help you improve, and making a lesson personal will only hurt you in the long run. Instead, listen to what your instructor has to say and see how you can apply it to your instrument. It truly is that simple. Note that it is always okay to ask questions.

Bottom Line

Remember what private lessons are for. They’re designed to tailor to you and your musical needs as a student. The instructor’s point of view is to help you grow. Be receptive to their information and be willing to change/adapt your playing. If you aren’t willing to be attentive, accept criticism or being open in communication, you may struggle to grow as much as you like throughout your lessons.

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