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May 2020 - Anthem Road Academy

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7 Tips To Successful Online Music Lessons

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  1. If you need help, we are here for you.  We know this is new for most folks, so if you need help getting online or if your teacher has sent a zoom link or shared a file you need help opening, please don’t hesitate to call, text, or email your teacher, admin team or myself- we want to help you succeed. =)
  2. Give yourself a couple of minutes to get set up before your lesson time, that way you can begin on time or within a minute or so of your regular time.  Most of our instructors have lessons scheduled back to back, so just know they are doing their best to begin and end on time. With technology, switching between students is usually very quick, however, there may occasionally be a minute or two adjustment, please give us a little grace and we will absolutely do the same for you.  (If an instructor is late as a pattern or you feel you aren’t getting a full lesson in, please let us know so we can help you get the best care.)
  3. Keep a Practice Routine. With our ‘normal’ routines out of sorts, it can be easy to put off and even forget to practice. You may be like me, running a business from home, homeschooling kiddos, cooking like Betty Crocker and cleaning like Mr. Clean!  The best advice I can give is to put practice in your schedule at the most realistic time possible and do your best to check it off.  Give yourself grace and flexibility, while also challenging yourself to make the most out of this time.  You’ll feel productive as well as energized by the opportunity to gain momentum and progress. You’ve got this!
  4. Look Ahead. Once gathering restrictions are lifted, we will begin to get new performance dates out.  If you plan and practice for performance readiness now, you’ll be ready to take the stage when the time comes.  Success happens when Preparation meets Opportunity.  We have some exciting opportunities ahead of us, so let’s be diligent in preparation now.
  5. Document. We are living in a time in history that will be talked about and learned from for years to come. Take pictures of what lessons look like, and share them with us so we can showcase you!  We want to celebrate creative innovation as well as remember a time that brought us even closer together, even though we were physically kept apart.
  6. Record. I often send my students voice recordings of their vocal exercises because it gives them something to practice with throughout the week.  Recording your lesson time or asking for an extra recording of an exercise to help you practice with is a great tool to keep you progressing. If your teacher hasn’t offered this yet, just ask.=)
  7. Have Fun!  At the end of the day, it’s our hope to help you reach your goals in musicianship, confidence and opportunity, and have fun while we are at it!  Our time together is something to look forward to knowing you are spending time with a friend, teacher and mentor who sees the best in you, expects greatness from you and understands the challenges you face with grace while giving you the tools to overcome those challenges. We sure look forward to seeing and hearing awesome, wonderful you!
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