for your weekly piano lesson will
help the lesson experience tremendously--
both for you and for your teacher!
The Basic Tips
- Be organized: Look over your assignment in your piano notebook daily during practice. Make sure to do all of the assignments for the week. This is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your lesson, since your teacher will certainly look at your previous assignment during your lesson and expect all of the assignments to be done and prepared. (Saying "I forgot" is not a good excuse when the assignment is written down in a notebook.)
- Observe details: Use your teacher's notes in your music (if any). Make sure to correct any mistakes marked in there and to carefully observe any musical elements (for example, dynamics) that may be circled or highlighted.
- Come to your lesson with a good attitude. Most teachers will forgive almost anything if the student is willing and ready to learn.
Go Above and Beyond
- Do a "practice play-through" of your expected lesson the day before or a couple days before the lesson. Use your assignment book to look at what your teacher will expect to be prepared, and then play through each piece and look over each theory or composition assignment to be sure that it is completed or that you have done your best.
- Try doing play-throughs for a parent or friend to test your nerves. Some students become very nervous to play in front of their teacher, and this may help to alleviate some of the nerves. If you make mistakes in a certain section, you will know to practice that section a little more before your lesson. And any successful play-throughs will bolster your confidence before your lesson!