There are no “sucky” musicians. Many times in my live piano lessons, my piano students will mess up and then say things like “I suck” or “I’m not very good at this” or other negative things about themselves. And even though it takes valuable lesson time, I always have to interject: “You’re not good at this…yet. But that’s why we’re here.”
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Whether learning from online videos or getting instruction from a private teacher in piano classes, all students who want to become piano experts need deliberate keyboard practice. This is different than just practicing hard to impress a teacher. For the best possible lessons, deliberate practice:
*Is designed specifically to improve performance. A mentor, teacher, or other professional instructor should create assignments for the student that is focused toward a goal, not just fun or nice to listen to. Because a student's learning needs change as they develop, teachers must be interactively engaged and in tune to what that particular student needs instead of just assuming the next song in the lesson book is the best assignment for the student.
Consider the following 3 factors to determine how much YOU should practice:
1) Lessons don't make the musician. This isn't like school, where students mostly make progress when they're with the teacher. Music students get better between the lessons, not at them. For beginners and advanced students, children and adults, the best music teacher is largely there to guide the practice time and help the students know how to practice effectively.
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