Lessons, especially those with a good teacher, are designed to help you become a better musician. However, those good lessons can be extremely expensive, and if you can only get a few of them a month then you will need to maximize the learning you can do in that lesson.
Whether you take your music lessons Boston or in Texas, there are a few certain things to know before going into your first lesson that will accelerate your learning. First, most teachers have some sort of curriculum or will ask you what it is you want to learn. Take some time to give them as much detail as possible about where you are and where you want to be.
Once you’ve set up a curriculum, then be sure to plan around it. If the first thing on your curriculum is to learn how to play chords on a guitar, then spend some time before the lesson reading up on basic chord shapes or even playing a few yourself. You should be learning more outside of class than in it, and the classes should be focused around your progress and asking questions.
Next, whether you are learning to sing or play an instrument, be sure to have an instrument you can use outside of class. If the instrument is your voice, then there’s no trouble, but take the time and money to rent a guitar, flute, or violin to use in your practice time rather than using the one given to you in class.
Finally, always come prepared with questions or something that needs feedback, and listen to what your teacher has to say. Take your time and do it right, no matter how many times you have to do it, and you will always improve your skills.