Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take music lessons?
A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on at home. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has a minimum of 61 regular sized keys, a sustain pedal, and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter. This applies for both voice and piano students, however is not applicable for music theory students.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. This varies from student to student and really depends on the individual, how much practicing you do and your age. Playing is a physical skill so it does take repetition to improve. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished within a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
Q: I don't have any musical background or ability, can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands. You are your child’s best coach!
Q: Is half an hour long enough of a lesson time for beginners?
A: Yes. In the beginning the half hour gives the student a lot to practice at home. They could mentally cope with a longer lesson, but playing an instrument also involves a physical skill. To get the physical side down takes spaced repetition. In a half hour they will get enough material to be able to learn well and develop proper technique. As they progress, and at the advice of the teacher, you can go to a longer lesson time.
Q: How much practice should my child do each week?
A: We recommend a minimum of 15 minutes per day, six day’s per week. Although this is the absolute minimum recommendation, students will progress faster and remember more if they are able to practice more often. Short practice sessions done several times per day, every day, works out much better than longer practice sessions a few times per week. For young children, the practicing goes much better if the parent supervises.
Q. What age does my child need to be to take lessons?
A. The average age to start a child is six. The main criteria are that the child know his/her alphabet and can sit still for 20 minutes.
Q. Where are the lessons held?
A. Lessons are held in the comfort of your own home. As long as you have an accessible piano/keyboard and the necessary music/workbook, the teacher brings the rest.
Q. How long will I need to take lessons?
A. The period of time that a student is enrolled in the program varies. The more a person wishes to learn the longer they will take lessons. The basic fundamentals can take about three months to learn on average, however; music is a science that can be studied for a lifetime.
Q. Will I need to purchase any additional materials?
A. You will need to acquire a book/music for your lessons. Depending on whether the lessons are piano, voice or theory, the amount of material depends, however suggestions will be provided and accommodations can be made
Q. My child is home schooled, do you offer morning times?
A. Yes. We offer a wide variety of lesson options designed to provide flexibility and suit your schedule and needs.