1How long will it take to learn?
Our teaching staff is highly qualified to help you reach your musical goals as quickly as possible, but you actually determine your pace. Your progress will be determined by the amount of practicing you do; the more hours put to practice each week, the quicker the results. Practice really does make perfect! Generally, with regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in 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.
2How often are the lessons?
Typically, lessons are a half-hour once a week. For most people, this is an adequate amount of time to understand the material being presented. Remember that the largest amount of time you need to spend is in practicing. Intermediate to advanced students can often benefit from longer lesson periods if they are willing to keep up a strict practice regimen. We offer 45 minute, and 60 minute private lessons upon request.
3Can I come in and try one lesson to see if I like it?
We recommend you commit to a minimum six to eight weeks so you can become acquainted with your instructor and have a chance to measure your progress. Generally, the first lesson is a time to evaluate your needs and determine the best strategy to achieve your goals. This makes it difficult to determine exactly how the following lessons will work for you. Therefore we strongly urge new students to start off with the intention of trying a minimum of two months of lessons.
4Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular sized keys 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.
5Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
No you do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs $20-$30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
6I don't have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child practice?
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.
7How much does it cost?
The current lesson rates as of July 2017 are found on the Lesson page.