Is It Hard To Learn Music?
The other thing that is taught in Europe and generally missing from music lessons in this country is something called Sight Singing and Ear Training. Sounds a little complicated but it's just a collection of simple melodies that one sings or hums and some rhythmic drills that one taps out on a desk or their knee. There are many good Sight Singing and Ear Training books available and, using this practice in conjunction with learning music brings immediate results in the form of being able to learn music. Leaving this out brings very haphazard results that often leave the student very frustrated.