Enrolling your Child in Music Lessons in Singapore
If you are interested in enrolling your child in a music course in Singapore, you are probably familiar with the tremendous benefits music has on a child’s developing mind. Music has been shown to boost intellectual ability in students, improve their capacity to manage social interactions and provides children with an appreciation for one of life’s greatest joys. Music schools in Singapore offer a variety of instruction on multiple instruments and are a great way for children to participate in an activity with their peers. Talking to other expat families about the music school they trust to teach their child is a great way to find a reputable school in your area. You can head down to Ossia Music School for a free consultation on the various musical lessons they provides!
You may have already enrolled your child in a music course or are planning on doing so very soon, and you may be wondering what lessons are like. There are a few things you should know to be better prepared for your child’s music lessons. Most lessons are taught on a weekly basis, and you should confirm the time of the appointment with the school so you don’t show up late. It is especially important for young musicians to arrive a little early so they can warm up and focus their attention. You want your child to get the most out of their lesson, and five minutes can make a big difference for a child who is trying to organise their thoughts. Being at the school a little early will also give your child the opportunity to expend some of their excited energy before engaging in their learning.
Many schools in Singapore offer music courses as a monthly package, and you will be expected to pay for the entire month up front. It is best to know how much you will be spending before you show up, and you should clarify with the school what types of payments they accept. You don’t want to show up with a check and discover they only accept credit cards. Call them before your child’s first lesson to learn how much you will be expected to pay and when your next payment is due.
Individual lessons are typically 45 to 60 minutes long, and during that time your child will be instructed on how to play their instrument. Parents may want to sit in the room while their child is learning, but this is usually discouraged as it can be distracting. Find a good school and look into the teacher’s credentials. Trust that they will take care of your child, and you can finally enjoy some time to yourself. In the lesson room, teachers will introduce ways to approach the instrument, demonstrate fundamental techniques, and guide the student on ways to improve. Your child will be excited to start playing, and they may need to be reminded how excited they were when it is time to practice at home.
Travelling with an instrument is a part of your young musician’s new lifestyle, and sometimes it can slip their mind. You don’t want to get all the way to the school and realise that your instrument was forgotten at home, and then have to go all the way back to get it. If your child is expected to bring any other materials, such as a pencil or a book, it may be a good idea to purchase a dedicated backpack for music lessons.
If you have any questions for the lesson teacher, it is better to wait until after the lesson is over to ask your questions. Giving the lesson teacher a notice that you would like to speak after the lesson can help them manage their time better, and will ensure that you have their undivided attention.