When people decide to take or enroll their children in ukulele lessons, research indicates that finding the right teacher can make or break successful learning.
In fact, studies show that over 60% of music students will quit before the fifth lesson and a staggering 85% will never make it to a 10th, often because they are discouraged with slow progress or never get hooked.
The thing is, the best ukulele teachers have much higher success rates, and it's because they find ways to not only reach students during the lesson, but keep them interested during practice time as well.
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Unfortunately, music has a terrible reputation for being difficult to learn, and this misconception largely stems from generations of teachers and studios that have taught music through a slow process that typically starts students off with reading sheet music and playing single note melody lines.
The main issue with this method is that while reading music and playing melody lines is useful, they aren't the essential skills for the type of playing that most people want to play, and by the time they would get to the necessary tools for practical playing, they've long lost interest.
Think about what students want to achieve when they express interest in learning "Shake it Off," by Taylor Swift. Do they want to play each lyric as a note on the ukulele, or do they want to strum the instrument in the background while they or someone else sings the lyrics?
In most cases, they want to achieve the latter, and a large majority of students have no ambitions to becoming a professional or even becoming a "musician."
Yet, even though people can enjoy a lifetime of playing ukulele without knowing anything about music theory, teachers and studios often fail to offer more simplified lessons that make success more likely.
Ukulele lessons that keep students engaged begin and end with goals. As long as students feel like their goals are being met, they'll keep showing up and keep practicing at home.
The best ukulele teacher is someone who is teaching you the skills you need to play the type of music you want to be playing as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Sometimes, this means them having to throw out their classical-style method book and teaching you to strum and sing the newest Beyonce song.
Whether you are searching for someone to teach you to play ukulele or have been frustrated with what you are learning in your current ukulele lessons, you should know exactly what to look for and what to expect with your new teacher. Your teacher should:
Ukulele lessons through The Approachable Music Project are designed to get people playing what they want as quickly as possible. Life changes quickly, and students can easily have to stop taking lessons for a variety of reasons.
That's why, during the first lesson, we teach you the basic tools to play thousands of songs on ukulele — something most places take months to work toward, which often results in students quitting.
From there, it's about coaching you to become a solid, polished and proficient player, so you can enjoy a lifetime of having fun while playing music. Contact us today for more information.
This step-by-step guide starts from zero, so beginners can learn how to sing and play at the same time as quickly as possible. These are the basic instructions that should come with every new guitar, and it's what should be taught in every student's first guitar lesson as well.
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