FAQ

Do 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 with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on at home. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has a minimum of 61 regular sized keys.

Do 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.

Do I need flute, clarinet, saxophone to take lessons?

We start our students on recorder to show breathing, technique and style and your teacher will advise you on what instrument to purchase.

Do I need a violin or cello to take lessons?

We have some violins on site that can be hired out to see if student likes instrument and wants to continue.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. This varies from student to student and really depends on the individual, how much practicing you do and your age. Playing is a physical skill so it does take repetition to improve. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished within 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.

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 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. You are your child’s best coach.

Can I interview a teacher before I begin lessons?

Our teachers are highly educated, experienced, garda vetted, tusla certified and professional tutor. Each tutor has already been properly screened and has been very carefully chosen for their skills and abilities. Our job is to give you best music education possible, in order to do this our tutors are required to focus solely on teaching. For that reason, it is not in the tutor’s job description, nor in our policies, to be interviewed by prospective students or parents.

Are the teachers qualified?

Yes. All of our teachers are highly qualified professionals and many have extensive performance experience. All tutors  are required to be licensed, university or college degreed in the programs and instruments they teach. Our teachers are experienced teachers and are chosen not only for their qualifications, but for their ability to relate to the students.

What if my child starts out in the lessons and genuinely hates the instrument?

They can try another instrument. Our students are free to switch over to another instrument at any time. It is better to try something else than to end up hating music! However, it does take several months to develop a basic level of playing. It is best to try and give it a minimum of 2 months before deciding to change instruments or to quit. Students are not locked into taking lessons with us, you are free to remove your child from lessons and discontinue payment anytime. There is a notice period of one month of paid lessons and one month in advance of paid lessons as well, if you decide to discontinue.

Can I just take one month of lessons?

In one month you really don’t have enough time to give your lessons a fair chance. It takes time to translate what you are learning into a physical skill. Much like going to the gym, it takes time to see results. Every student here is on a month to month basis. To discontinue lessons, you need to give us notice that you are leaving and pay required fee.

Can we take lessons every other week instead of every week?

It is very important that the teacher checks your progress and corrects your form every week, because of this, we only offer weekly lessons.

Is a twenty minute class long enough of a lesson time for beginners?

Yes. In the beginning the half hour or twenty minute classes  gives the student a lot to practice at home. They could mentally cope with a longer lesson, but playing an instrument also involves a physical skill. To get the physical side down takes spaced repetition. In a half hour or twenty minute classes they will get enough material to be able to learn well and develop proper technique. As they progress, and at the advice of the teacher, you can go to a longer lesson time.

How much practice should my child do each week?

We recommend a minimum of 15 minutes per day, six day’s per week. Although this is the absolute minimum recommendation, students will progress faster and remember more if they are able to practice more often. Short practice sessions done several times per day, every day, works out much better than longer practice sessions a few times per week. For young children, the practicing goes much better if the parent supervises. Also remember, we need longer practice sessions for exam prep.

How can I pay for my lessons?

Lessons are paid for monthly on a four week basis from commencement date.   Visa, laser, cheques or cash are accepted payable to Director of the School on school premises.

Classes missed cannot be replaced and must be paid for.