Have you ever wondered what it would actually be like to learn a musical instrument, often people say "I haven't got the time" , "I'm too old" or "It's too late for me to start"...
We thought it would be a good idea for our pupils to answer some questions that you may have, and you can hear from them directly what's involved in learning a musical instrument.
Let's hear from Fiona who is learning the Alto Sax with us at My Music in Berkshire...
Q: How long have you been playing your instrument?
I started playing alto sax last October, so nearly a year now.
Q: Why did you start playing your instrument?
I played violin at school and play a piano (badly). I'd
considered taking up an instrument again properly for a number of years and when I saw the My Music advert, I couldn’t resist. I liked the fact you could come along and try out a few instruments to see which one you preferred.
Q: What do you most enjoy about playing your instrument?
Everything! I can play along with my daughters who play other instruments, I enjoy the My Music band, I even enjoy practising!
Q: Do you belong to any groups or orchestras?
Yes the sunday intermediate band at my music
Q: What’s the most rewarding thing about learning a musical instrument as an adult?
The most rewarding thing has been conquering my fear and entering for my grade 3 - and passing with a respectable score!
Q: What’s the most challenging thing about learning a musical instrument as an adult?
I find playing in front of someone a challenge, I get terrible performance nerves!
Q: What has been your favourite piece you have learnt to date and why?
I can't really choose one as it depends on my mood. I liked my grade pieces though – I think because I practised them until they sounded really nice.
Q: How often do you have lessons?
Q: What do you enjoy most about having lessons?
Becka is fantastic, she copes with my anxieties and always makes me feel more confident. We usually laugh nearly as much as I play.
Q: How often do you practice?
At least every other day. More if I’ve time.
Do you want to get started?
We offer flexible lessons, that take place in our teaching rooms at Dawkes Music in Maidenhead. Lessons are scheduled between 9.30-5.30pm. Our pupils usually come weekly as we find this enables better progress, although some do some every other week and for more specialist queries and pro players they come every so often.
We hope you enjoy reading these pupil interviews and it might encourage you to take the leap into "giving it a go". All our teachers are professional, love what they do and have a passion for making music.
Why not email us for a FREE taster lesson......firstname.lastname@example.org