A Little Encouragement Goes A Long Way!

By Greg Warren, Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet Instructor at The Lesson Studio

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As we all know, it takes a lot of consistent effort to get to where playing an instrument is stress free. For beginners especially, they realize that music is challenging and takes practice. One of the ways I engage my students is by giving them a choice—or a guided choice—of a song they might want to play, regardless of the instrument. For example, I have Flute players performing Katy Perry and Lady Gaga and Saxophone players performing The Tokens “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Let’s face it—every musician deep down wants to be a Rockstar! The reason these songs are successful for beginners is because they already know them, and have a connection to them through some avenue of pop culture.

This does not mean that the rudiments are not important. They are the basis for a solid foundation and success. The pop style music is just a great way to get young musicians to play their instruments. It is amazing how much more a young musician will practice a song if they have a connection. With any luck, in the future, they will gain respect for the rudiments and an understanding of why they are important.

On another note, summer is upon us, and young musicians are being asked if they are going to continue playing in Middle School. Many of them will say yes, and many will drop out. There is one thing I’ve learned—if parents encourage young musicians to play over the summer, they will be more prepared for the rigors of a new musical ensemble. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way!

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