Be Just One Step Ahead of Them: How to Teach Music to Your Child
You don't have to be an expert.
You just need to be one step ahead of your child.
If you're not a musician and have never played an instrument before, but you want to be involved in what your kid loves, go for it!
Seriously. You can do it.
Start learning things just enough to show them what you've learned, and then learn something else.
You might feel unequipped or not ready, but you'd be surprised at how simply you can start out with them.
I have a simple, helpful workbook and short video series you and your child can use to start learning guitar… and it's FREE!
Every bit helps and makes a difference for their music interests, and doing this WITH them can create an awesome bond with many happy memories for both of you.
When I started teaching — when I got my very first student — I was 16 years old and still in high school. A lady called to ask if I would teach her daughter to play ukulele (even though I had no teaching experience!), so I decided why not?
My teaching career, which grew out of a passion for music and for people, kind of started on accident.
I wasn’t planning to become a music teacher, and I certainly didn’t feel prepared.
But I dove in, did my best, kept learning, and stayed one step ahead of my student(s)! And it works!
Now I have 52 students — very much NOT an accident this time. ;) I LOVE my job. I’m insanely grateful to do work I’m crazy about. And it all started because I decided why not? when that mom called 16-year-old me for ukulele lessons.
(Truly, though, it started way back when I began learning to play music as a kid. You never know what you could be sparking when you pour into your child's passions and curiosities.)
I have learned so much along the way, and I’ve become a capable teacher! I don’t feel unprepared anymore when I have a new student coming into the studio for their first lesson.
At the same time, I just keep learning! I strive to always get better. I take my own music lessons and work on things on my own, and I also learn merely through the act of teaching.
Austin Kleon talks about this. Learn > teach > learn > teach. And on and on and around and around.
Investing in your child’s love of music is worth a lot, and if it’s something you want to do together, you don’t have to feel intimidated. Try it out, and have an adventure!
There are resources out there to teach you to play and to give you good technique, so you’re not teaching your kid bad habits and so you can both become good musicians. Maybe you and your child will want to take lessons, either in person or through a digital course! (More on that topic! I have a brand new, very exciting parent-child co-learning course for beginning guitar coming soon! It’s called Teach Your Kid Guitar. It’s built around lots of instructional video lessons from me, plus sheet music and homework/assignments. If you want to get on the wait list to get all the updates and be the first to know when Teach Your Kid Guitar is available, go here: www.musicbri.com/course)
One option for starting out with your kid is my free workbook and short video series on How to Teach Your Kid Their First Song in One Day. It starts from the beginning so you have an explanation for everything if you’ve never done this before.
You have nothing to lose and much to gain. Music!
Have fun, and feel free to send me an email with any questions!
Love and happy playing,
P.S. Looking for a way to get involved in music with your child? Feeling unsure and intimidated due to not knowing much about music? Go get my free gift to you, How to Teach Your Kid Their First Song in One Day! <3