My child is very busy. How much practicing do you
The first year of playing is more of an exploratory year. Students
should play at home several times a week but daily practice is not
expected. The second year students should be practicing 4 -5 days
per week for 15 to 20 minutes per session. See our webpage on home
practice for more information.
My child already is taking
piano lessons. Won't two instruments be too much?
Students with piano background usually do better than those without it. Piano
lessons aid the orchestra student in reading, counting, developing musicianship
and much more.
I have an old violin my uncle
played. WIll this work for my child?
Possibly. But a good quality, working instrument is essential for students' success.
When in doubt, take Uncle Joe's old instrument to the repair shop for a checkup.
Your child's music teacher can also help determine its playability. And remember, elementary students cannot play full size violins and must have a fractional size instrument that is appropriate for them. (Sizing chart)
I saw cheap instruments at the local
big discount warehouse store and on the internet. Can I buy one of those?
We only allow students to play brand name, quality student instruments approved
for school music programs by MENC. For a list of approved instruments, click
How many students are in a class?
Our small group lessons vary from six to twelve in a class. The number depends on the type of instrument, ability level of the students and the duration of the class. We wait to create classes that will be successful after the registraton process is complete.
Are classes grouped by grade level?
No, our classes are grouped by instrument and playing level. It would not be unusual for a second grader to be in the same class as a fourth grader if both are learning the same instrument and have been playing the same amount of time. Multi-grade classes are a very positive part of the music class experience.