north bay trumpet
Two Types of
There are two types of work that a
student undertakes when taking private lessons:
the work they do at home on their own
- The job of the student is to prepare
something and to ask the teacher about how to solve the
difficulties that may arise during that process.
- This work is usually based on material
suggested by the teacher that will stimulate the student
to confront specific technical difficulties.
- The teacher does not expect
perfection, only a sufficient amount of preparation for
the student to have encountered problems that they can
not solve on his own with further work.
the type they do under the guidance of their teacher
at their lesson
- The student must bring something to
the lesson that has been prepared.
- This may include questions and answers
(that may flow in both directions-a teacher may respond
to a student's question with a question in order to
stimulate the student to think for himself).
- This may include repetition of the
work the student has done but with alterations (musically
or otherwise) in the way in which the student plays the
- The student must be open to
suggestions from the teacher. Otherwise, the lesson is
Points of confusion:
- A lesson is band music coaching time
rather than an examination of problems encountered while
practicing band music.
- The student may mistake a lesson for a
personal practice session.
- The student may mistake minimal work
on a passage with sufficient practice time spent in
- The student may be waiting for the
teacher to give them an answer or instruction rather than
finding a solution on their own and then asking the
teacher if this solution seems appropriate.
- The student should practice what they
can already do using the method they already know (or
feel comfortable with) and look to the teacher to praise