We get many questions from parents and students so here's a few of the most common answers we give. Can't find the answer you're looking for? Get in touch with us via the contact us page and we'll be glad to answer any questions you may have.
How long will it take for my child/me to be able to play?
There's a lot of factors that go into how quickly someone will progress and every student is different. In order to get the most progression, students should practice daily, even if only for a few minutes. Repetition is the key to developing a new skill.
Do you offer a trial lesson?
We don't offer trial lessons because in our experience it takes time for students and teachers to build rapport and get over the initial hump of tackling a new instrument. Through several years of teaching, we've come to the conclusion that 12 lessons is enough time for students to start getting comfortable with the instrument and develop enough playing skill to decide whether they'll continue on with it or not. Because of this, we have a very low student drop out rate and our teachers are able to tailor programs for each student.
Do you do group lessons?
Group lessons are extremely ineffective and end up teaching students very little. All of our lessons are one on one so our students have no external factors making them uncomfortable or distracting them during the lesson.
What age do you start lessons?
It depends on the instrument as to when we start lessons. For singing and piano, we can start as young as 4 and a half years old. Guitar, string and other instruments from age 6 and up.
Do we need our own instrument at home?
This is a must have for learning any instrument. Without an instrument to practice on, progress will not be made at all. Our students are expected to have suitable instruments for learning outside of lessons. Piano students are expected to have a full 88 key, digital piano with sustain pedal at home. Keyboards aren't suitable due to the lack of a weighted action. We have options for renting instruments if you're unsure about making such a commitment.
How many lessons should we have each week?
The number and length of lessons each week depends on the goals of the student and how long they've been playing. 1 lesson a week to start is plenty and allows time during the week for practice. 1 hour lessons are preferable, however we also offer half hour lessons for all instruments except singing. As students advance or want to pursue more technical goals including AMEB grading or HSC/performing arts exams, then 2 lessons per week is ideal.