Looking for the right teacher can be a daunting task. There are so many things to consider and if it's your first time looking into music lessons you might not know exactly what to look for. Just type Montreal Drum Lessons into a Google search and you'll quickly see how many drum lessons pop up. You want to make sure to find the best instructor for you or your child.
Here are some things to consider when looking for the right music teacher:
1. What Do They Offer
A teacher is someone who should be an expert in their field. But what field is it? Is it jazz saxophone or classical saxophone? Is it orchestral percussion or rock drums? Do they teach complete beginners or are they known as a mentor for seasoned professionals? Make sure that the teacher you are considering is going to give you or your child the type of lessons you are looking for. Ask them if they teach the age group you need, if it's for you 8 year old child, or for your spouse.
Make sure the teacher has the necessary experience. A teacher without the adequate training and wisdom to back up what they're saying is not someone you'll want to learn from in the long-term.
3. Be Open-Minded
Be opened-minded, and if you're not sure after one or two classes, consider waiting a few more to see if it will work. It sometimes takes a bit of time before the teacher finds the student's style of learning, and vice versa. Don't quit and look elsewhere before you are sure it's not happening. You might be missing out on a great teacher!
I saved this one for last because although it is important to find someone who fits your budget, don't make this your only consideration. If you're really serious about yours or your child's education then consider paying the extra dollars for a quality education. If you really can't afford to pay extra then consider taking lessons every second week. Quality over quantity.
When looking into the classes also make sure to ask when the classes need to be paid (in advance, weekly, monthly, per sessions etc....). How ask about their cancellation/refund policy.
Don't be afraid to ask for recommendations from the prospective teacher.
by: Brandon Goodwin
Montreal, QC, Canada
Brandon Goodwin Bio
Brandon has worked with renowned jazz musicians such as Braxton Cook, Grammy-award winning artists Delfeayo Marsalis, and Kebbi Williams, as well as some of Canada’s top talent, including Fraser Hollins, Al McLean, and Samuel Blais, as well as
Brandon has studied with some of Canada’s top drummers, including, Nasyr Abdul Al-Kabyr (Dizzy Gillespie), Dave Laing, and Dave Robbins, and has also studied privately with internationally acclaimed drummers Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss.
He has taught masterclasses at high schools and universities in Canada and the U.S. and is the owner/principal operator of Studio Drum MTL.
Based out of Verdun QC, Brandon services Greater Montreal, Lasalle, Lachine, NDG, Westmount, and Cote St Luc with his high quality drum lessons.
Brandon’s group B’s Bees has performed concerts in North America and in Asia, at major jazz festivals and in some of the best jazz clubs in the world. The group has also performed masterclasses at high schools and in universities in Canada, the U.S. and in Asia.