It was a Tuesday afternoon and I was teaching one of my very first lessons. I had taken my student back to the practice room and I couldn't help but feel like she looked familiar. We got in and I sat down behind the piano. I asked her if she had brought any songs to work on or if she had a specific area she wanted her lessons to focus on. She then said the words, that I know many have felt before, "I just want to be more confident." I looked at her and realized why she looked so familiar; she was me at age 14. Growing up I wasn't very popular, I was a bit awkward, I kept to myself and was a bit shy. But what I did have, was my voice. I discovered I loved singing when I was in the sixth grade and I can still remember having my first solo in the Spring Choir Show. I was unbelievably nervous, but something happened that night and I'll never forget it. From the moment I opened my mouth to sing my first note, to the moment I finished and walked back to my spot on the riser, I felt confident. I felt like I knew who I was. Singing transformed me into the woman I am today.
So as I sat there with this young girl, who just wanted to be confident, I knew she had come to the right place. She proceeded to say that she was really shy and felt misunderstood. I told her that singing could be her way of showing the rest of the world who she really was - a time where the opinion of others would no longer affect her. This young girl has a beautiful voice and each week I see her growing and coming to life. I believe her weekly lessons are not only a time where she can grow as a singer and performer, but as a person. With all of our students, I see their character begin to take shape and as they grow and learn, they transform into young adults.
Music Lessons are more than just learning how to play an instrument, how to fine tune your skills, or how to become an artist. Music lessons teach students how to simply grow. In lessons, students learn who they are, they find their weaknesses and they hone in on their strengths, they find ways of growing and knowing that they don't have to do it alone, because they have an instructor who is rooting them on. This instructor will see them through their growth spurts, through the awkward stages and through the victories of achieving their goals. I can honestly say that taking voice lessons changed my life. They made me comfortable enough to sing in front of one person, which later led to being able to sing in front of hundreds. These students are gaining confidence in who they are and it's hard to deny when you see them perform.
If you're already taking lessons, I'm sure you're nodding your head along and if you're considering taking lessons, then know that you simply can't go wrong with signing up. Lessons will literally change your life for the better and I can say that from experience!
Melisa Garcia graduated from SAGU in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Music Ministry, with a specialization in voice. She has been singing since the age of ten and has been playing piano for six years. She leads worship in her local church and loves to help train and mentor young vocalists. Melisa also loves to create beautiful things and writes about it on her blog -- Pie in the Sky.