Method Books & Equipment
Choosing the right method book to use is very important in teaching private instrumental music lessons. They need to have great information, familiar tunes, bright colors, and be visually stimulating but easy to read and understand. During my undergraduate studies, I had to do a method book project for beginner band students and out of all the books I have reviewed, there are two I like and have used the most. These include; Standard of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method by Bruce Pearson and Accent on Achievement Band Method by John O'Reilly and Mark WIlliams. I slightly prefer the Accent on Achievement books better for they are more colorful, have more recognizable tunes, and have good review techniques.
I make the student purchase the book as part of their first lesson, I charge a book fee added on to that week's total. The parents also have the choice to buy the book on their own as well. I also use solo repertoire, scale warmups, and fun songbooks in my music lessons.
The equipment you use for your music lessons will make you look all the more professional in your business. I would suggest investing in the following equipment and additional materials:
- A good quality music stand (the black, professional ones are nice).
- A solid, student-size chair
- Extra reeds, cleaning cloths, valve oil, cork grease, and a repair kit including: screws, valve springs, corks, key pads, screwdrivers, instrument brushes, and a mouthpiece puller, are some of the basic instrument parts you should have.
- Stickers or award certificates: When my students finish book 1, I present them with a certificate of achievement. Stickers are great incentives!
- Extra method books if possible
- Progress charts/scale charts
- Your own Band instruments if you have them
If you are thinking of teaching beginner instrumental music lessons from your home, begin planning now and in just a couple of months, you will be pleased with the results, I guarantee it!