Some Tools ARE Better Than Others
What do you really need in order to be successful in learning a new instrument?
The first thing every student needs is excitement! Build excitement in your student's mind by listening & interacting with lots of genres of music. Talk about how fun it would be to be one of the musicians! What else does a student need? A well-working instrument comes in handy. Although I (Tami) started piano lessons before I had a piano...we wouldn't suggest this. For piano students a piano-weighted 88 key piano/keyboard with at least one pedal is a must. For guitar students, acoustic or electric guitars are great! But don't buy a toy. Make sure it fits the student's hand size & will stay consistently in tune. Don't hesitate to ask for help when choosing your student's instrument. You are investing in their musical abilities & want this to be a positive experience right from the beginning. So what else? A metronome, flashcards, tuner, picks, etc. come in handy later on...but your instructor will help you with all of this. Lastly, you just need a great smile & a willingness to listen & follow instructions, yes, a consistent practice!