How to Prepare for Your First Music Lesson at Philly Music Lessons

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How to Prepare for Your First Music Lesson at Philly Music Lessons

How to Prepare for Your First Music Lesson at Philly Music Lessons

Starting your musical journey is an exciting adventure! At Philly Music Lessons, we’re thrilled to welcome you and help you take the first steps towards mastering an instrument. To ensure you make the most of your first lesson, here’s a comprehensive guide on how to prepare.

1. Choose the Right Instrument

Before your first lesson, decide which instrument you want to learn. Philly Music Lessons offers a wide range of options including piano, guitar, violin, drums, and more. If you’re unsure, our experienced instructors can help you choose based on your interests and goals.

2. Set Realistic Goals

Think about what you want to achieve with your music lessons. Are you aiming to play for fun, perform in front of an audience, or even compose your own music? Setting clear, realistic goals will help guide your learning process and keep you motivated.

3. Gather Your Materials

Make sure you have all the necessary materials for your first lesson. This typically includes:

  • Your instrument (if you already own one)
  • A notebook and pen for taking notes
  • Any music books or sheet music recommended by your instructor
  • A tuner, metronome, or other accessories relevant to your instrument

If you don’t own an instrument yet, Philly Music Lessons can provide rental options or recommend places to purchase one.

4. Practice Basic Techniques

If you have time before your first lesson, familiarize yourself with the basics of your chosen instrument. For example:

  • Piano: Learn the names of the keys and basic finger positioning.
  • Guitar: Practice holding the guitar and placing your fingers on the frets.
  • Violin: Understand the parts of the violin and how to hold the bow.

This will give you a head start and make your first lesson more productive.

5. Create a Comfortable Learning Space

Whether you’re attending in-person or virtual lessons, having a dedicated, comfortable space for practice is crucial. Ensure it’s quiet, well-lit, and free from distractions. If you’re taking online lessons, make sure your internet connection is stable and your device is set up for a clear video call.

6. Prepare Mentally and Physically

Music lessons can be demanding, so it’s important to be mentally and physically prepared. Get a good night’s sleep before your lesson, and have a light meal or snack to keep your energy levels up. Approach your lesson with a positive attitude and an open mind, ready to absorb new information and techniques.

7. Arrive Early

If you’re attending an in-person lesson, aim to arrive a few minutes early. This will give you time to find the location, get settled, and start your lesson on a relaxed note. For virtual lessons, log in a few minutes early to ensure your setup is working correctly.

8. Communicate with Your Instructor

Effective communication with your instructor is key to a successful learning experience. Don’t hesitate to share your musical preferences, goals, and any concerns you might have. Your instructor at Philly Music Lessons is there to support you and tailor the lessons to your needs.

9. Be Open to Feedback

Constructive feedback is essential for growth. Be prepared to receive and act on your instructor’s suggestions. Remember, they’re experienced professionals dedicated to helping you improve.

10. Have Fun!

Most importantly, enjoy the process! Learning music should be a fun and rewarding experience. Embrace the challenges and celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

Happy Learning!


Philly Music Lessons specializes in connecting students of all ages and skill levels with great teachers in the Philadelphia and Main Line areas.