How We Teach and the "WSM Difference"
Our philosophy is that whether a student's interest in music is simply recreational, somewhat more serious, or intensely focused towards a career in music, all students deserve to have the best possible musical learning experience, no matter what their goals.
They deserve instructors who know not only the “how”, but also the “why”, instructors who have directly experienced both the joys and the challenges of a life in music.
WSM instructors are passionate about music, our instruments, learning and teaching! Having already achieved success in a competitive field, we teach because we truly want—and love—to do so. We call this the "WSM Difference," and it's at the heart of our hiring policy.
We know, from our own experience, the issues that parents encounter while supporting their children’s musical learning. We understand what it takes to help a child grow in self-confidence, establish a practice routine, develop self-discipline and, above all, to discover and enjoy his or her own unique musical voice. Having traveled that road ourselves, we feel privileged to guide others along on their own musical journey.
How We Put That Difference into Action
These are the principles which guide us as we nurture our students:
- A positive, empowering environment is essential for successful learning!
We create a positive, supportive and encouraging atmosphere, so students feel safe and know they can experiment, make mistakes and learn. We work hard at WSM, but we laugh a lot too!
- Every student has different strengths and a unique learning profile
We teach to each student’s strengths, but we also introduce and encourage other modes of learning. For example, we might ask visual-dominant learners to close their eyes and focus on what they’re hearing, or on how their muscles feel. Students discover a range of tools to use in their practice at home – and in their other learning.
- Students learn better when parents are supported too
We understand that parents may have little or no prior experience with music lessons. We'll guide you in figuring out a manageable practice routine, setting reasonable expectations for your own family situation, and keeping things positive. Parent events bring parents together in a relaxed setting, letting you compare notes with others and explore topics in more depth.
- Complex tasks can be broken down into bite-sized pieces
We enable students to feel confident and in control of their learning by helping them to achieve mastery one building block at a time. We always remember that what’s easy for us is new, unfamiliar and possibly awkward to our students.
- Musical development goes hand in hand with technical development
The real purpose of studying and mastering an instrument is citizenship in the world of music – discovering a personal response to the music, and the voice and the confidence to share it freely with others.
- Learning a musical instrument well requires—and develops—self-discipline, dedication and determination
This is by far the greatest gift of music study! Developing these qualities gradually over time has a positive impact on every area of the student’s life, and is the source of true self-esteem.
- Instrument lessons are not just about learning to play the instrument
Through studying an instrument you will discover the beauty of music, an avenue for self-expression, the joy of mastering unfamiliar skills, new social opportunities - and the excitement of seeing your world expand in many different ways.
Come and find out for yourself at Wayland School of Music! Contact us to arrange a “try-out” lesson.