As a new year dawns and thoughts turn to fresh starts and new experiences, many re-discover the desire to learn a musical instrument. Some may have had lessons as children and long regretted their lack of perseverance. Some may even have preserved their desire to make music in spite of put-downs and discouragement. Deep down, they have a sense that music is too important a part of themselves to give up on.
Learning a musical instrument is not like learning to drive or to master long-division: we feel that our music is so much part of us that it’s hard not to feel personally rejected when someone is negative about our music-making. Teachers have big responsibilities and a lot to answer for!
Yes, it’s scary for an adult to go looking for a music teacher and it’s something they like to plan carefully. It’s good to know that there is a website where every aspect of taking up an instrument and finding a teacher can be considered: “Pay the Piper”, at http://www.paythepiper.co.uk, looks at the advantages and disadvantages of each instrument, how to get lessons, how to practise, measuring your progress, how much it will cost – everything the prospective pupil needs to know!