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YouTube, App or Teacher? Find Local Music Lessons with REAL Lesson Plans

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

So now you're a parent and want to give your children the benefits of music at their crucial developmental years, or you're wanting to learn music yourself and are wondering where to start. There's so much on YouTube and other sites when searching for music lessons, it can be daunting, and you want to find a teacher that understands how you and your children learn. Finding the right music lessons and the right teacher can be a challenge, but with these tips, you'll have a clear path to discovering your local music scene and finding the perfect teacher and program for you.

  1. Ask Around: Word of mouth is a powerful tool, so ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations for music teachers or schools in your area. You never know who might have a hidden gem to share! You may discover that family members or friends play an instrument and would be excited to share their knowledge. The best way for toddlers and young children to start learning music is through exposure to family, friends and other mentors modeling a love of music to them.

  2. Check Online: The internet is a great resource for finding local music lessons, but you have to weed through the ineffective sources just trying to steal your attention and money. Start by searching for music schools or teachers in your area and read reviews from other students and parents. Visit these schools and teachers to see if they are a good fit for you or your children. As you search for teachers, including resources on YouTube, look for these three important factors: the person has the heart of a teacher, the curriculum is thorough and has a plan to grow as the student grows, and the teacher uses positive reinforcement. These three factors will help ensure that your children will keep developing a love and interest for music as they learn.

  3. Attend Local Performances: Check out local music performances or concerts in your area. This is an inspiring way for kids to feel the magic and magnitude of where musical pursuits can lead, and how powerful musical expression can be. It's also a great way to meet other musicians and get a feel for the music community in your area. You may even be able to network with local teachers or schools.

  4. Find the Right Program: You'll know you've found a good fit when the values of the school or teacher align with yours, there is a clear plan of how to grow, and you and your children enjoy the experience. My school, Jackson Music Program, is located in Fairview, MI. The Jackson Music Program offers customized music wellness programs for all ages. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced musician, I can help you and your children harness the power of music to achieve your goals and unlock the full benefits of music.

It's wonderful to watch families bond over music. Kids are naturally attracted to music and it's easy to keep them engaged with music by reaching them through their natural curiosity. I created the Jackson Music Program to help families have an easy way to harness the benefits of music through engaging in the 7 Uses of Music: listening, learning, playing, performing, writing, recording, and teaching music. Music enhances joy, confidence and self-expression. I know finding the right plan of music lessons will lead to growth and finding more happiness for you and your children. I strive to create a supportive and inclusive community where everyone can thrive.

So start your musical journey today! Visit to learn more about the program and how music can help you achieve your goals.

Go play.


JJ Jackson

Jackson Music Program

Expert Music Teacher and Music Wellness Advocate

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