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I highly recommend private instruction with a qualified specialist on your instrument.
One-on-one instruction is the best way to grow on your instrument. Students that study privately over time can become good enough to play in a variety of groups as adults, even for pay. They also may eventually teach lessons themselves, or even become professional musicians or music teachers.
High achievement on an instrument can affect college acceptance and scholarships. It can even lead to a career path in a music field. The one-on-one coaching, provided by a qualified music teacher, shows students how to pay attention to details, and how to work in a disciplined fashion to achieve their goals. These attributes serve students well in any future endeavor, in any area of study.
In choosing an instructor, consider your options. You are making an investment of time and money. Get the best you can get out of it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, or to take a few trial lessons.
Many local music stores offer lessons. Sometimes this works out well, but sometimes it is not your best option. The stores don't always have a person on staff that is qualified to teach your instrument. They also sometimes have a high turnover of teachers. If you are going to get lessons through a music store, ask about the credentials of the person that will be teaching your child. Have they gone to college for music? Listen to the lesson. The teacher should sound pretty good on the instrument that they are teaching.
Your child can ask me for a list of private instructors that the Patchogue-Medford music department has compiled. Some teachers come to your house and some have you go to them. Call a few, and see what works best for you.
If you cannot find someone on this list that suits your needs, please E-Mail me and I will see if I can help you.
If you find that any information is not current or if a teacher is no longer teaching, please E-Mail me so that I can make the necessary changes.