April 22, 2020

How to Measure Progress

Did you know our Director Marty Fort has written an Amazon #1 best selling book “The Ultimate Guide to Music Lessons”? Here’s an excerpt about measuring progress in your student and why its important. Enjoy and email us your feedback!

Student success is highlighted during recitals and through achievement programs, such as my Musical Ladder System®.

Be sure to communicate regularly with your teacher and listen in on the last five minutes of your child’s lesson. My school has parent portal software, and I encourage parents to utilize this resource. Log in, read the teacher’s practice notes, and consider them as an indication of your child’s progress.

One of the best things a child can do is to practice their instrument at home. If they are young or new to the instrument, their practice sessions may last from five to ten minutes at first. As time goes on and the child improves, they may eventually practice for 20 or 30 minutes. Consider this: If your hobby is golf, and you get busy for two weeks and can’t play, are you going to throw your golf club in the lake and forget about it? Or are you going to resume when your schedule permits? Children deserve the same respect and level of patience that you would give yourself.

There are currently 115 schools in the U.S. and Canada that utilize the Musical Ladder System® with their students. Choose a school that uses the System (you can see a full list of schools in your area at musicalladder.com) and allows for children to see breakthroughs in their progress every three months. It’s important for kids to be rewarded at certain levels so that they’re continually engaged and motivated to perform better each week. To make sure that your child is progressing in their skills, follow my three-step action plan:

Ensure your child takes achievement tests every three months.

Allow your child to participate in recitals every six months.

Pop into the last five minutes of the lesson as often as you can.

This is a helpful action plan for any parent to follow during their child’s musical journey. As a parent, you will be supportive enough if you follow these three steps. This requires faith in your teacher’s curriculum and trust in the school’s administration. If you follow these steps and discover that you aren’t happy with the results, then find a different professional to work with your child.

At the end of the day, parents need to trust the process and feel good about it. Take it from someone who has been in the industry for a long time, the process is incredibly strong and can allow for the parent and child to be happy.

Parents from all backgrounds—whether it’s a small business, corporate America, or military—can value being held accountable for one’s work. We incorporate this philosophy into our curriculum.

Musical Ladder® Achievements

The Columbia Arts Academy, Lexington School of Music, and Irmo Music Academy are the only music schools in the Midlands that give their students the opportunity to earn special color wristband bracelets (kids and teens love them!), trophies AND certificates for passing musical tests.

Do other schools offer trophies and certificates? A few. But none of them inspire their students with smiling faces by giving them full color, really cool “Musical Ladder” wristbands that they can show off to their friends.


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