Things That Other Music Schools Won’t Tell You

It takes at least 3 months to get ‘good’.

With a perfect storm of hard work, consistent practice, talent, a good teacher, and a good teaching method, it takes at least 3 months to see permanent and significant results. Many other schools, in an attempt to load up their teachers and teaching facilities, will take anyone willing to pay for a week or a month. This sets expectations unreasonably low and often leads to frustrated, impatient students and abandoned dreams.

 

Enjoyable lessons are productive lessons.

When students are passionate about what they’re working on, they will work harder, longer, more focused, and more intensely than if they were working on something less exciting to them. Most other music schools will drag you through months of boring public domain songs (Hot Cross Buns, London Bridge, Go Tell Aunt Rhodie) and poorly designed method books before helping you with something you actually like or that your friends will recognize. Along the same lines, Rockwell teachers are not going to show off or talk about themselves for your entire lesson, they’re happy and fun people that enjoy their lives and are happy and excited about teaching you.

 

To most other music players, teaching is a side hustle.

In other words, it takes a back seat to performing. In other words, it’s just something to fill the time until they play. In other words, not the kind of teacher that’s going to prioritize your learning.

 

Amazing players don’t always make amazing teachers.

When something comes naturally to someone, it’s easy for them to lose sight of the struggle that a beginner might experience when they learn it, or the amount of time that a beginner might take to grasp it. An “amazing player/inexperienced teacher” will usually cope with this by adopting a disciplinarian attitude and hardline evaluation process.

 

Many career musicians lack viable business skills.

Let’s face it, musicians are not famous for their business skills. But in today’s day and age, it’s more important than ever— recording, publishing, and marketing are more accessible than ever. To a student, a teacher with poor business skills might translate to poor customer service, poor negotiation skills, being spread too thin as a result of undercharging for their services, and poor intuition for designing a teaching business that gives value to its customers.

 

Most music schools are either musical sweat shops or struggling to stay afloat.

Most other ‘churn and burn’ music schools sacrifice long-term success for short-term cash. They’ll take anyone that will pay for for their underpriced services regardless of whether they have a decent instrument, demonstrable commitment, or reasonable expectations for success. As a result, they pack their studios with flash-in-the-pan personalities, quickly burn out their teachers, and spread themselves too thin.

 

Most other music school curriculums are not song-based.

The overwhelming majority of players that have had a long, satisfying, and productive career/hobby of music playing did not begin with Rockin Theme #27 from Shmal Lennard Book 1, so why should you??? They heard something that sounded cool to them, and sought out someone to help them learn it or figured it out on their own. In the meantime, they were never taught how to teach and create an environment of learning, tried to patch it up with a poorly designed beginner’s method book, and called themselves a teacher for hire. Rockwell remembers the spark that started it all and seeks the song in every student that walks through the doors.