Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an instrument at home to take lessons?
You can start lessons without having an instrument at home, but we highly recommend having one in the home for daily practice. The progress and success of every student is directly related to the amount of practice the student gets between lessons.
How long does it take to learn an instrument?
There is no set answer to how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be achieved in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to constantly improve and they find the lessons fun and enjoyable.
I 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 monitor the practice regimen of your child. Many parents occasionally communicate with the teacher about the song or exercises that the student should be practicing so that they are more familiar with the teacher’s assignments and expectation for progress.
How do I get my child to practice?
The best way to motivate young students to practice every day is to make it easier.
As with anything, improving in music takes practice. One of the main challenges with music lessons is the drudgery of practicing and the challenge to practice every day. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:
A) Time - Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day the practicing can occur, the less the child will need to be reminded to practice. Practicing soon after school is also less disturbing to other family members who might be at the end of a rough day.
B) Repetition - We use this method quite often when setting practice schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 to 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, "practice these exercises 4 times every day, and this song 5 times a day". This helps the child focus on the playing rather than the clock.
C) Rewards - This works well for both children and adults. One of our adult students rewards himself with a cappuccino after a successful practice session. Parents can encourage children to practice by granting them occasional rewards for successful practicing. And praise is the most coveted reward. There is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done.