How to Choose a Music Teacher

Tommaso Zillio, Chief Instructor at Edmonton Guitar Music School

Making a Conscious Choice!

Finding the right music teacher is the single most important decision you will have to make in your music career, regardless of what instrument you're learning on. Wether you want to become a virtuoso on your instrument or simply play for the sheer joy of playing, you NEED to establish a trusting relationship with a competent and prepared music teacher. You owe it to yourself to be 100% sure you can trust them.

Most people when faced with choosing a music teacher, simply ask for "price and location", and then they choose the closest or the cheapest teacher. Needless to say, this is not the best way to go about it.

A music teacher is a professional with which you want to establish a long-term relationship, and so choosing a music teacher is not unlike choosing your lawyer or your physician. Would you choose the lawyer with the office closest to your place? Would you choose the cheapest physician? No, in both cases you would search and find a competent professional that is able to solve your problems and that you can trust.

A Safe investment

Learning an instrument is an investment: you are going to invest your time and energy into practicing and perfecting your skills. You want to have a substantial return from that investment. You want to become better at playing and have more and more fun with it. You want to be sure that the teacher you are choosing is an experienced professional that can guide you, not someone who just got out of a music college without any teaching experience

The important thing you need to realize is that if you do not choose your teacher wisely, you will jeopardize your investment of time and energy.

  • You do not want to lose years practicing useless items that you will never apply in real life.
  • You do not want to learn bad habits that will block your progress and frustrate you.
  • You don't want to be to be the guinea pig for inexperienced teachers

How Do I Find a Teacher That Can Really Help Me?

So, what can you do? You can download here a free guide on choosing the right music teacher, written by an international authority on the subject: music educator and guitar virtuoso Tom Hess.

This short and to-the-point guide will show you what to ask a music teacher (and what he should answer ideally) to make sure that you are about to hire a serious and competent professional that will help you reach your goals in a fraction of the time it would take for you to do it yourself.

Don't choose a teacher blindly, or you will end up with the wrong teacher! Choose consciously and make your investment with the peace of mind that comes from making the right choice!