Parents ask me all the time, “How can I tell if my child is progressing on her instrument?” It’s a valid question! It can be challenging for a parent to know how to measure growth in private music lessons. You are investing time, effort, and money into the pursuit of learning a brand new language—music—and you want to see and understand the path to success. But that path is not always clear.
Here are three ways you can measure your child’s growth in private music lessons. PS: Which instrument they are playing does not matter!
#1: Can your child complete their ONE musical goal for the week?
At the top of every single HomeRock (lesson notes) is a single weekly music goal for your child. Read the goal to them and see what they have to say about it!
#2: How many BLAM Badges have they earned?
Games…lots and lots of games…are at the core of our curriculum. We call them BLAM games: Big Lessons About Music. Every game has 15 levels and takes years to complete. Students can earn BLAM badges every time they complete a level. Ask your child if they won any BLAM badges this week.
#3: Are they booked on a gig, what song/s are they playing & are they playing with other students?
Our purpose at Brooklyn Music Factory is simple: Inspire Musicians & Build Community. Our private lesson gigs are NOT typical recitals with kids performing solo pieces one at a time. In fact, BMF gigs are quite the opposite. At private lesson gigs bands of student musicians play together. Your child will be play in a “band” with at least one other BMF student. Ask them what song/s they are playing at the next gig and if they know who else they are playing with to get a more complete picture of their growth in private music lessons.
Musicians grow in a unique way, leaping from plateau to plateau. The growth curve is NOT a jet plane or a hockey stick trajectory. It is more like stairs. Musicians can stay on a single plateau for some time and then all of a sudden (or so it seems) leap to the next plateau. It feels like magic when it happens but, when done well, it is actually quite methodical and systematic. The process is meant to be well-planned and well-executed.
We cannot predict exactly when those leaps will happen with all of our students, but we do know that they WILL happen when we stick to the growth plan and the curriculum. Simple steps taken and measured consistently are the key to growth in anything & especially in music.
Not a student at BMF and interested in experiencing our approach to music lessons?