Common Q & A
Q: What instrument should I learn & How Young Is Too Young?
A: Adults can start any instrument at any time. Their success is based on how willing they are to commit to practicing. For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. The following is a list of instruments & their minimum ages: Piano and Violin (4½ yrs. – Adult), Voice and Drums (7yrs. – Adult), Guitar & Bass (8yrs. – Adult).
Q: Can my child start taking Voice lessons earlier than 7 years old?
A: Yes, if you split up your lessons time with Piano along with Voice. This option is great if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two for your younger musician. Taking Piano and Voice together provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged.
Q: How long should my private music lesson be?
A: Beginning music students should take a 30 minute private lesson once a week and may add more time depending on how much they can devote to practice each week. As the student progresses throughout the years to intermediate and advance levels, their lesson time should increase based on their teacher’s recommendations.
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano 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. 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.
Q: Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
A: No you do not need a full drum set to start durm lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a smaller dinner plate sized pad costing $20 - $30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer on how long it takes to learn an instrument. 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.
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 observe their child's music lesson from the viewing window to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
"It has been amazing to see my son tranformed through his discovery of the violin. Since starting at the School of Dance & Music, he has gained a deep sense of accomplishment and confidence."
"My 7-year-old son LIVES for his weekly electric guitar lesson! We have to ask him to stop practicing!"
"I love the School of Dance and Music! I have danced there for years and I always love my teachers. They are always willing to listen and are open to what the students have to say. I like that all the teachers are friends and are nice. The teachers and students works well together (we are a team) and when I am there I feel at home."
"My daughter has met lots of friends at the school and has a great time coming here. She loves the teachers and staff and looks forward to the fabulous dance & music recitals they put on every year. The school is very well run and very accommodating to stressed out parents with ever changing schedules."
"What wonderful life long lessons my kids are learning at the School of Dance & Music! The teachers are positive and motivating and they each bring their own originality every week. The staff is kind and professional. Our family looks forward to a long relationship with the school."
Starting Lessons Off Right
- How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age
- Insist on Private Lessons When Learning a Specific Instrument
- Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
- Make Practicing Easier
- Use Recognized Teaching Materials
January & June 2016 Music Recital General Info