The Theory Behind Private Instrument Study

Most children are ready to play an instrument somewhere between the ages of five and nine years old. Choosing the right instrument is very important…it may well prove to be a long-term decision. We believe that the only criteria for choosing an instrument should be if the child truly likes the way the instrument sounds and the types of music that instrument generally plays.

Each student comes to the study of music with his or her own special personality and talents. An experienced music instructor, such as we have at The Ridgewood Conservatory, will build on those traits to help the child learn more than just playing the notes on the page.

As a rule, students who decide to begin private study of a musical instrument or voice do so with the intent of improving their musicianship. Indeed, that is the primary focus for initiating the private educational process. However, most students receive far greater benefits from private lessons that are not as obvious.

Mastering an instrument requires a great deal of self-motivation and discipline. It has been said that the greatest benefit of daily musical study is that the study techniques learned will serve the student well in attaining goals in any field of endeavor. Through personal experience, the student learns very quickly that a small amount of practice time each day makes playing the instrument easy and fun. Conversely, playing the instrument once a week, or taking a vacation from the practice routine, makes the task seem impossible and burdensome.

Moreover, as study progresses, student musicians develop confidence in their ability to apply themselves to a task and to achieve specific goals, thereby building the self-esteem they need for success throughout their lifetimes….

LOUIS CAIMANO – DIRECTOR, THE RIDGEWOOD CONSERVATORY