Did you know that the graduation rate is higher for schools with a music program (90.2%) than one without (72.9%)? Learning a musical skill has profound a effect on the learning ability and overall well-being of children. 

If you are a parent who wants to enroll your children in a music school then you have a few options because not all programs are the same. 

Start here with what to consider to make the best decision for your children. 

Types of Program

When it comes to learning music there are many ways to do so. There are practical classes that teach hands-on instrumental instruction and there are theoretical programs that teach things like music production. 

If you are interested in your child learning an instrument then you need to choose a school that offers this study. 

You also want the school to teach the fundamentals of music like reading notes and the history of music as a base for any program. 

Location of School

As a music student, your child shouldn’t be overwhelmed by traveling far to learn. You need to consider the distance from your home and whether this will be a burden on your’s and your child’s schedule.

Also consider when you want your child to attend the music school, either full-time or as an after-school activity. This will help you decide if a school is worth the drive. Because you don’t want to travel far for an hour-long class but a full day of attendance may be worth the distance. 

Methods of Teaching

You also need to decide if online learning is an option. This method of teaching would require you to have instruments at home and the ability to devote time to practice because online learning takes more discipline. For example, one study found that 63.6% of students got A’s in an in-person class compared to only 36.4% in an online course. 

Another important component of learning music is the chance to perform live. Does the school have opportunities for your child to present what they have learned?

This is especially important because performance helps set children up for a musical career. Any professional musician relies on playing in front of an audience, so children need to build confidence by practicing their skills. 

Experienced Teachers

Teaching children music is different than teaching adults. That is why music instructors should not only have experience in their field but they also should know how to work with children. 

Look for credentials like degrees and certifications as well as experience teaching youth. You want someone who is patient, works with your children’s specific learning preferences, and teaches with musical enjoyment in mind. 

Browse the list of the school’s teachers to see if a teacher stands out to you. Then ensure that you can choose which teacher works with your child. 

Picking the Best Music School

After considering these tips on choosing the best music school you now have to go find one that fits your criteria. At Music Lab Schools we partner with schools in the Sacramento area to make finding the right one easier. 

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