As a parent considering music lessons for your child you may have one or more of the following questions:
- “Will music lessons be more beneficial to my child than other activities?”
- “Is there is any additional benefit to having a private teacher when my child can take music lessons in the public schools?”
- “Does my child have talent for music?”
- “Can I afford this/Do I have time for it?”
- “How do I identify the teacher who will provide the best experience for my son/daughter?”
“Will music lessons be more beneficial to my child than other activities?”
Music training has value FAR beyond merely appreciating music better and having fun.
Music trains the mind to fuse the creative/intuitive intelligence with the analytical/logical intelligence in a way that enhances problem solving skills. It is an established fact that kids with music training do better in academics across the board. For more on this subject, see this article from the National Association of Music Educators.
Private lessons provide an extensive opportunity for your child to have meaningful social interaction with an affirming adult. Parental influence is of course paramount, but kids know they have your heart “no matter what”. Having the additional support and encouragement of a “non-partisan” adult can make a positive difference in your child’s self-image and confidence in social interaction.
Private lessons provides an additional opportunity for your child to learn from an “authority figure” how to tackle big projects (one bite at a time!), organize information, and be persistent in the face of ongoing challenges. These skills will carry over into many areas of your child’s future, in academics and beyond.
Repeated small successes in music training add up to big self confidence over time!
“Is there is any additional benefit to having a private teacher when my child can take music lessons in the public schools?”
Our public schools have some excellent music training programs and outstanding teachers. There are several reasons you may wish to consider my alternative (or supplementary) program.
- The public school programs focus heavily on band, orchestra, and jazz. For some children or teens these musical styles will not have much appeal. I teach primarily Blues and Classic Rock Guitar, with sensitivity to the fact that I am dealing with impressionable children. I incorporate an element of “life skills” training in my program, while avoiding samples of popular music that are not in agreement with your standards of the types of influences you want for your youngster. Your child who is interested in guitar will still receive the many benefits of musical training, while learning an enjoyable style that will inspire achievement.
- There is no substitute for the individual attention to your child that comes with private lessons. This provides me the opportunity to focus in great detail on every aspect of your child’s specific challenges, and supply customized strategies rather than general lesson plans.
- Private lessons inherently include a relational aspect that is impossible in public school group classes. The presence in your child’s life of individualized attention from an affirming adult mentor is as valuable as the actual music training.
- There are no tests, grades, or comparisons with other students. I do track progress, and I do push my kids to excel within reason. However, there is nothing about my program that will make it yet another stressful, judgmental project for your child to grapple with every week. My kiddos enjoy my lessons!
“Does my child have talent for music?”
For the overwhelming majority of accomplished musicians, natural talent was not the primary ingredient in developing enjoyable musical skills. Sure, you can find exceptions, but they are notable precisely because they are exceptions. For most of us it boils down to one thing: persistent effort. The more relevant questions is, “Does my child have an interest in music and guitar?” If so, then we have all the raw material we need to get started.
My program does not incorporate any elements that will subject your child to undue stress over the results. Although I am persistent in gently pushing for achievement, my students do not need to be “gifted” to take advantage of the many benefits that musical training offers. For some of the kids, guitar lessons is more about giving them something constructive to do rather than video games, TV, or Internet. Of course we both want your child to do as well as possible, but you need not be concerned that my program will present any element of stressful competition to your child’s routine.
“Can I afford this/Do I have time for it?”
My studio is convenient to any community near downtown Greenville, and is also convenient to Wade Hampton Boulevard, East North Street, Pelham Road, and the I-385 corridor. Due to the easy 385 access it is a mere 20 minutes from the major intersections in Powdersville or Simpsonville.
The cost of weekly lessons is less than many cable TV packages and cell phone plans. A starter guitar kit costs less than the popular video game consoles and will bring much more value to your child’s life.
Although I recommend weekly lessons, I will do as little as two lessons per month to accommodate clients who are on a tight schedule. If your child has a friend who also wants to learn guitar, I will do a small group class at a substantial discount per student.
“How do I identify the teacher who will provide the best experience for my son/daughter?”
There is a simple logical process for eliminating teachers who do not suit you and identifying the ones who do, as follows:
Avoid making a decision based exclusively on price and location. The teacher’s location has nothing whatsoever to do with teaching effectiveness. An effective teacher is well worth driving for another ten or twenty minutes. As for the cheapest teacher … you know the old saying … “you are going to get what you pay for.”
Music lessons is not like buying a pizza, where you exchange payment for a finished product on the spot. Among other things, music training is a long term personal relationship. So when you are looking for guitar lessons, consider that you are looking for the right person in addition to the right credentials. If at all possible, interview your prospective teacher. Look for the following things:
- a teacher who you and your child like, and who likes you and your child
- passion for and commitment to teaching
- specific training in teaching
- comfortable with and adept in working with kids
- an organized, structured, goal-oriented program
- fluent in the style your child wishes to play
I offer an introductory lesson for anyone who wishes to find out more about myself and my program. It takes about an hour. There is no cost or obligation for this lesson, and it has nothing to do with trying to get you into the studio to attempt some kind of pressurized sales presentation. It is simply an opportunity for you and your child to meet me, tell me about your child’s musical experience and guitar goals, and let me tell you more about how I can help you. If you already have a guitar I will also show your child a simple but fun song that he or she can play immediately. Click the link to set an appointment for your Free Lesson.
"I would like to express my gratitude to Chad Crawford of Palmetto Music Institute for teaching guitar to my 13 year old son, Trent. Chad has been instrumental in cultivating Trent's musical abilities. The rapport of the instructor and the student is amazing. Trent was learning songs within weeks along with the 'solos' of the songs. With Chad's teaching ability and detailed program, Trent has excelled to the point that he has earned a tremendous opportunity to pre-enroll for the Fine Arts Center - a year and a half early. I am extremely proud of Trent's accomplishments, and I highly recommend Chad." - Brandy Long, Travelers Rest
"As a parent, I couldn’t be happier with the progress that Abby’s made with Chad. He isn’t too easy, has high expectations and continues to push in a positive away. I feel like guitar has given Abby an identity and boosted her self confidence. Coincidence or not, her grades have improved greatly since she started playing. I definitely feel like guitar is a gift that will last her a lifetime." - John Poore, Simpsonville
"Our teenage son has been taking lessons with Chad for nearly six months. We have been very pleased with Chad's approach. Sometimes it can be difficult to keep a 13 year old focused, but Chad has developed a very good rapport with him. I can honestly say that our son looks forward to his weekly lessons."
- Scott Baier, Easley