How do payments work?
Private Lessons: Tuition is billed monthly and is due at the first lesson of each calendar month.
Group Classes: Tuition is due in full at the beginning of each program semester as defined in the tuition schedule for each 10 week program.
Can I practice on an electronic keyboard?
We strongly encourage practicing on traditional acoustic pianos. [LINK] Keyboards are acceptable for non-piano students, or for piano students in a temporary or other special situation.
What are the benefits of studying piano?
Piano lessons are very beneficial for both children and adults. For children, it benefits education skills used in reading, science, and math. It helps develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, as well as brain and memory development. Adults who study music enjoy better emotional and physical health. They also have the benefits of personal satisfaction, increased confidence, coordination, enhanced memory and concentration.
Will there be opportunities to perform?
Yes! We have frequent recitals in Joplin’s Java, usually 1-2 Sundays per month. These are open to all students, regardless of whether they take music here. If you are in interested in performing in our next recital, please call Linda at 847.775.1988 to reserve your spot.
How do I really excel at music?
The most important thing is to play your instrument frequently. We recommend a minimum of 15 minutes per day, but 30-45 minutes per day will produce more rapid improvement. It helps to make playing your instrument a daily habit, and to establish a good environment for playing – good lighting, easy access to your instrument, and quiet. Work with your teacher to play music that you like and challenges you.
What is the minimum age for learning an instrument?
We recommend potential students wait until they are least 5 years old to play most instruments (including violin, piano, and drums). This is mainly because students need a certain amount of attention span, self-awareness, and maturity that usually isn’t quite there until 5 years of age. For guitar, we recommend 7 years old, because more finger strength is necessary to press down the strings correctly on the fretboard. For families of younger students, we offer 15 minutes lessons, so the student can ease into the lessons and see if it is a good fit yet. If not, we recommend letting the student come back to music, because forcing students into lessons often turns them off to the idea entirely.
Am I too old to learn music?
No! We have students from 5 to 85. Although younger brains tend to be more “plastic,” older students have several advantages. They tend to know how they learn best, have more discipline in practicing, and a longer attention span.
What if I don’t like classical music?
You don’t have to like classical music! You work with your teacher to learn what YOU want to learn, at your pace. There are plenty of books and resources available to help you achieve your goals and play the music that you want to play.
Will private lessons help me learn to read music and/or music theory?
All of our teachers teach music literacy and can emphasize music theory, if you like.
How long will it take me to be good at an instrument?
Obviously, this depends on your definition of “good.” Progress is mostly determined by how much one practices and attitudes toward learning, which can vary widely. For most players who practice at least 15 minutes each day, they’ll likely be able to play snippets of songs pretty soon after starting, a full song after 3-6 months and finish Book 1 within about 1 year.