Inspiring Music Lessons & Programs Focused on the Music You Love
"CHMA is the greatest place in the western suburbs to take lessons! The teachers make learning an instrument fun!" - Amanda W.
INGREDIENTS TO A CONTEMPORARY MUSIC EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
FOCUS ON THE MUSIC YOU LOVE
The most common reason students lose interest in music lessons is a result of not having the freedom to choose music they feel connected to. It is a fact that students are more engaged when they are learning to play music they LOVE.
OPEN DOOR POLICY
Any time a studio does not allow parents to observe lessons, a red flag should be raised . Parents should always be encouraged to observe their child's lessons. It is proven that younger students results increase with parental involvement.
It is hard for students to feel inspire confined to closet-sized teaching studios. Many music lesson studios try to maximize profits by cramming as many individual studios within their space. Students cannot express themselves fully in claustrophobic studios.
Students should be given the opportunity to explore the creative side of music most "traditional" lesson providers fail to explore. Having the experience of learning Improvisation, songwriting, style study and playing by ear can increase the level of engagement immensely.
Since it is difficult to achieve mastery without the building of a music foundation, students shall take a deep dive into skill-building exercises and theory. This allows each student to play more complex and involved versions of the songs they love.
Enjoying the process is huge when it comes to a student sticking with it! Striving to provide a lesson experience that is focused on having fun while simultaneously developing skills is HUGE.
CUSTOMIZED LESSON PLANS
A one size lesson plan is not practical. Since each student has different tastes and learning styles, each lesson plan is going to be different. This is the main reason you don't see instrumental group lessons as a part of CHMA's program offerings. It is hard to give the VIP treatment to a room of 10 students with different musical tastes, interests, and preferred learning strategies. At CHMA each student benefits from a custom age-appropriate lesson plan that focuses on the interests of each individual student.
4 P's BEHIND AN OUTSTANDING MUSIC TEACHER
At CHMA we look for the 4 P's : Proficiency, Passion, Professionalism, and Personality when hiring our music instruction contractors. It can be very challenging to find coaches that have all four of these qualities. This is the reason we have to pass on 90% of the music instructors that apply.
PRIVATE MAKEUP LESSONS
There is a growing trend in our industry of offering group makeup lessons instead of private 1-on-1 makeup lessons. If a student cancels a lesson with 24-hour notice, they should have the opportunity to take a private makeup lesson instead of packing students into bulk group sessions.
FREE STUDENT SHOWS
Hard working students should have the option to show off their efforts by giving them the option to perform two times a year. We also feel it is important not to charge a ticket fee for families to attend student shows.