The worry that most parents have when contemplating whether or not to send their child for music lessons is that their child might not grow to enjoy the lessons, and end up wanting to stop lessons altogether after a couple of months and many dollars spent. Well, here is where trial lessons could come in handy! As a teacher at Aureus Academy, a music school in Singapore which believes in giving aspiring musicians the chance to try out lessons before committing, I would like to share a few benefits of trial lessons based on my experience in conducting them, as well as teaching students who have attended them.
Especially for young learners, trial lessons are crucial in preventing a negative mindset from developing in the child. Some children may view lessons as an obligation or something they are forced to attend, which may cause them to dislike lessons even before they are given a chance to discover their interest in music. From my own experience in teaching, I have realised that these students are usually less motivated to learn or to try out new things in lessons, which makes it hard for the teacher to ensure consistent progress in their learning journey if any at all.
Being a music educator and musician who picked up the violin rather late at the age of 17, I believe that effective learning stems from having an active passion for music. Only when the student is able to appreciate the wonders of music can they be interested in learning more and retain the motivation in improving their skills as they go.
There are many music schools in Singapore that offer trial lessons to potential students. The ones offered by Aureus Academy are designed specially to ignite that spark of interest in music by introducing musical concepts at a fundamental and relatable level through fun activities. For young children, learning music in a classroom setting can often seem intimidating, especially when they are faced with more technical concepts. Our aim as educators is to turn music into play to help young students transition better into lessons and to look forward to learning more.
Another important benefit of trial lessons applies to not just young learners, but all aspiring musicians. With the array of instruments available, some may have trouble deciding on the best one for themselves. Attending a trial lesson for a particular instrument is a great way to assess your interest and suitability for an instrument. For children below the age of 4, it is also crucial to let a teacher determine whether the child is ready for music lessons or to pick up a particular instrument. All in all, trial lessons are useful in helping you make a better decision and ensure that you will be able to make it through for the long haul with your instrument of choice.
The assessment process that happens during a trial lesson not only helps students and their parents understand their interests and abilities in relation to music, it also helps the teacher gauge the student’s needs in order to better create personalised lessons tailored to their style and pace of learning. This serves to further enhance and maximise their learning experience and outcome.
At Aureus Academy, a leading music school in Singapore, we offer free trial lessons to anyone who is interested in taking up music lessons. Our highly-qualified teachers are proficient in assessing a student’s abilities in order to recommend a course most suited for them, as well as in tailoring learning programmes that will suit their individual interests and learning goals. Still wondering whether music lessons are for you? Book your free trial lesson now and have a taste of the Aureus experience!