My child is very busy. How much practicing do you expect?
The first year of playing is more of an exploratory year. Students should play at home three to four times a week but daily practice is not expected. The second year students should be practicing five 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 program. For a list of approved instruments, click here.
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 registration 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.
My child wants to play violin but I think that instrument is too hard. Should he play something easier like the flute?
The violin is a great first instrument for even the youngest musician. It comes in many sizes and is fit to the size of the child. Each instrument has its own challenges. For some children, the flute can be very difficult – for others it is easy. The important thing is for your child to find an instrument that produces the kind of sound they want to make rather than the instrument’s appearance or reputation as difficult or easy. Your music teacher will let you know early on if there are some physical issues that may make learning a particular chosen instrument a challenge.
There is no musical talent in my family. Is it a waste of time for my child to take music lessons?
Everyone has some musical talent. You only need a caring and dedicated teacher to unlock those musical gifts within all of us. And creating a musical home environment can foster childhood appreciation for music.
What if my child wants to drop out?
We offer full refunds through the third week of classes. After that time, there are no refunds so that we know the class is properly funded for the school year. Our retention rate is very high and drop-outs are rare. Of course, student enthusiasum can eb and flow over the course of a school year, so parental involvement and encouragement is very important.
What teaching materials do you use?
After years of teaching, it became evident that there were very few group instrumental music methods on the market for elementary age students. So, we have developed our own collection of woodwind, brass and string books written specifically for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Written by Larry Newman, these books are used in all Children’s Music Workshop programs and are available world-wide via amazon.com – Click here to view all our books.
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