Not at all! We have options available for students at every level and any age. We recommend that students to do start private lessons until age 6.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO LEARN?
Hopefully forever! We encourage the pursuit of music as a lifelong learning process. That said, students should notice continual positive change in their skill level and comprehension while they are taking lessons or courses. Progress will also depend greatly on the amount of time a student dedicates to home study. Finally, we do encourage and facilitate specific goal setting for students, whether that be the ability to comfortably play in a particular style or aspiring to learn a specific piece of music.
WHERE IS THE STUDIO LOCATED?
Private lessons are available in person in Montpelier, VT. Students can study virtually from anywhere in the world. Classes, courses, and workshops are available throughout Vermont. Online music composition courses can also be accessed from anywhere.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?
Suggested practice times depend on your level, goals, and course of study. Most Foundations students should dedicate 15-30 minutes of practice per day. Intermediate students should plan for 20-45 minutes per day while Early Advanced and Advanced students should practice 40-60 minutes per day. This are very general guidelines. Each student is unique and should speak with their instructor, mentor, or teacher to develop the best practice strategies. We recommend that students practice 5 days per week with one day for their class or lesson and one day for rest. Developing practice habits including getting plenty of sleep and practicing at regular intervals is important for longterm study of music. Check out this simple practice hack to start developing good habits today.
HOW MUCH DO LESSONS & Classes COST?
Private lessons are $80/hr (or $60 for a 45-minute lesson). Students who take lessons regularly are encouraged to sign up to our Year of Music Making program which includes 15 lessons per semester and 5 for summer sessions at a substantial discount. We only offer 30 minute lessons for beginning students under age 10. Students and families may pay for the Year of Music Making tuition in monthly installments if needed.
DO I NEED A PIANO OR KEYBOARD BEFORE I START LESSONS?
Yes! Lessons and classes can be quite frustrating if students do not have access to a functioning and in-tune instrument.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS?
We currently offer private lessons during the weekend day afternoons and early evenings as well as Saturday morning and afternoon.
What is a Teaching Artist?
See this writing by Eric Booth, one of the leaders in the Teaching Artist field: ericbooth.net/857-2/ Music Teaching Artists play an integral role in music education, operating at the nexus of private educators, community arts programs, and school classrooms to spark inspiration and provide valuable learning opportunities.
Do you offer a Multiple Family Member Discount?
Yes, we offer a 5% discount for multiple family members who enroll in private lessons or our Year of Music Making program.
WHat is your Attendance & Refund Policy?
We do not provide refunds for any individual private lessons, group classes, workshops, or completed courses. Year of Music Making students who wish to withdraw from lessons may do so by the 5th lesson to receive a prorated tuition refund. Private students who do not show up for their lessons are still responsible for paying for the missed lesson. Make-up lessons are only granted to students for illness, weather, or other extenuating circumstances with notice given.
Are there any additional Fees?
All students are required to purchase course materials which can range from $20-$100 per year depending on the student's progress, needs, and goals. Year of Music Making students are provided with group performance opportunities as well as additional digital tools free of charge. There is no registration fee.