BEWARE!! – Poor Teachers
After self-teaching, the worst road to learning drums is taking lessons from a well-meaning but ineffectual friend or family member, or worse… an ineffective “professional” teacher. This can end up causing more frustration and take you even longer to progress. I have taken on students from time to time who have told me horror stories about their previous teachers. Maybe you too have experienced this?
- Teachers who spend each lesson showing off and playing for their own amusement?
- Teachers who spend more time talking about themselves and their band than they do about you?
- Being taught stuff you are never shown how to actually use?
- A teacher with limited experience, decication, understanding of the grade system and abilty to demonstrate it (in any syllabus). Having a drumkit and wanting to make a fast buck does not make one a great teacher!
- Random, unstructured teaching with no indication of a plan to take you where you want to go with your music?
Not only is this behaviour damaging to the student’s progress, in some cases it drives the student into quitting altogether.
Be wary of choosing a teacher based purely on his/her location and/or price, since it may cost you more money in the long run and take you longer to reach your goals than investing a little more in a quality, experienced educator and hopping in the car for a little longer.
Musical Lessons In School
Whilst it may seem that music lessons offered in school are more convenient and cost-effective than arranging private music tuition for your child, remember although the teacher may be great, the flaws in this are hard to ignore. Group lessons are sometimes forced upon a child in which you can never guarantee you are learning at the same rate or are the same level. This is even more critical if your lessons are 20mins or less. Lessons in school are only in term time. Also the equipment and other resources are often severely limited.
Poor Study Environment
Another reason for students not making effective progress is practicing in a less than ideal environment. This is why do not offer mobile lessons. For a student to learn effectively, there should be no distractions such as TV, young children or pets playing nearby, or other potential disturbances. Therefore, studying at a designated premises set up for the task is far better for concentrated learning than doing so in your own home, unless you can be sure of having privacy and time to yourself.