Goals & Expectations
As a parent or guardian, you want to see your student having FUN! At the same time, you are investing your time, energy & salary, so you also want to see PROGRESS. In order for "Fun' and 'Progress' to live happily ever after, everyone must do their part.
In an effort to encourage a goal-oriented atmosphere, as well as, provide a quantitative way to measure progress, short-term and long-term goals are set for each student.
*Short-term Goals: 1.) Attend weekly lesson. 2.) Follow-through with the practice goals that are outlined by Sarah Carroll when lessons begin. 3.)Complete all written work the week that it is assigned
*Long-term Goals: 1.) Memorize 1-2 songs approx. every 2-3 weeks. 2)Memorize 1-2 scales and corresponding chords each semester 3/) Participate in the student recital at the end of the
*Exact number depends on the student's age, level of study & major instrument (voice or piano)
Students are expected to follow the practice guidelines that Sarah outlines for him/her. Because every student is different, these guidelines will look different for each student.
Nevertheless, a good rule of thumb is that students should practice a little bit every day. The bulk of learning how to sing and/or play the piano is a combination of quick brain signals and muscle memory.
In piano, for ie, the brain sees a note on the page, determines what it is and then tells the fingers what piano key to play; the finger then presses that key so that it is played at the right time & with the right amount of pressure.
This is the basic process of playing the piano. The above scenario starts happening very slowly when a student begins, but eventually accelerates as the student learns the language of music and teaches his/her muscles how to perform. If the muscles are not going through the correct motions on a regular basis, that process never accelerates. As a result, the student does not progress as he/she should, becomes bored with the same songs, over and over again, and loses interest.
For vocal students, much of the process is the same. However, rather than just the fingers responding to brain signals, a singer's entire body must respond in order to produce the correct note, with an adequate amount of breath support to hold it for a sufficient amount of time. In addition to following the practice guidelines, students must also commit to practicing correctly, based on what was taught to them in their lesson.
Practice doesn' make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.