Get the Most Out of Music Lessons

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These guidelines will help you to have a successful, rewarding experience learning an instrument and studying voice.

1. HOW YOUNG IS TOO YOUNG - STARTING AT THE RIGHT AGE

For children, starting at the right age is a key element to the success of their lessons. Some people will tell you “the sooner the better, “ but if child is put into lessons too soon they may feel overwhelmed. Children who are older than the suggested earliest starting age usually do very well. The following are guidelines we have found to be successful in determining how young a child can start taking music lessons.

Piano

At the Academy, 5 years old is the youngest age that we start children in piano lessons. At this age they have begun to develop longer attention spans and can retain material with ease. As well as private lessons, the Academy also offers a Group Piano Class designed as an introduction to the instrument and general music for ages 5-6 years. The young students excel in a classroom setting where camaraderie functions as a great motivator.

Guitar - Acoustic, Electric

The Academy begins guitar lessons at age 7. We emphasize theory and music reading skills. Unlike other music schools, your student has the option of working with their instructor on the types of music they want to play. Like piano, the Academy also offers a Group Guitar Class designed as an introduction to the instrument for ages 7-9.

Like all of our lessons, we tailor the student's musical study to their area of interest. Even our students with a desire to play pop music have a sound musical theory base allowing them to progress as a true musician able to tackle many genres.

Voice Lessons

The Academy begins voice lessons at age 7 for our students. However, students starting at ages younger than 10 are recommended to do voice/piano combination instruction where the fundamentals of music theory, ear training and basic music reading skills can all be taught. Traditional voice lessons are taught by our staff with a foundation in classic training, but the actual music performance study can be tailored to your student's musical ambition: classical, musical theatre, a combination of both, etc.

Snare Drum and Drum Set

Our youngest drum student is 8. Drum students learn to read and execute proper stick technique utilizing the snare drum as the foundation percussion instrument. For full drum set technique, the Academy has a set for lessons right at the studio!

2. GROUP LESSONS AND PRIVATE LESSONS

Group lessons at the Academy in piano and guitar are designed for the young, introductory student. Music educators have found a small, focused group lesson is an excellent way for the student to learn the fundamentals in a dynamic, non-judgmental classroom setting. Typically, a year of study in the group lessons allows for the student and their family the proper amount of time to assess the interest and progress of the student.

Private lessons at the Academy are the foundation of musical achievement of our students. Our one-on-one focused approach to music education has proven results. In only weeks, a beginning Academy student will be able to both recognize the basics of written music and be able to play or sing a small tune. As the lessons continue, our excellent instructors tailor the lessons to your student's musical aspirations. Whether you have a budding musical theatre performer, classical pianist or jazz drummer, our instructors are the right choice for your student's musical training.

3. THE ACADEMY’S PROFESSIONAL TEACHING ENVIRONMENT

Learning music is not just a matter of having a qualified teacher, but also having an environment that is focused on education. The Academy’s warm, professional setting produces better results than an in-home lesson where distractions occur often. Students in a music school are also motivated by hearing peers who are at different levels. Our educated, professional staff will ensure every lesson is taught with with an exciting approach to music education motivating your student to achieve. Our instructors don't answer phones or take valuable lesson time on scheduling or payment; they do only one thing, teach.

4. MAKE PRACTICING EASIER

As with anything, improving in music takes practice. Here are some ways to make practicing easier:

Time

Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of a routine or habit. This works particularly well for small children. Generally the earlier in the day, the less reminding is required by parents to get the child to practice.

Repetition

We use this method quite often when setting practice schedules for beginners. For a young child 20 or 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, we use repetition. For example, practice this piece 4 times every day, and this scale 5 times a day. The child then does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing their instrument, but knows if they are on repetition number 3, they are almost finished.

Encouraging Practice

In our school we reward young children for a successful week of practicing with stars and stickers on their work. Praise tends to be the most coveted award - there just is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done. We, as educators, take a proactive approach to teaching music, and because our instructors are excellent, your student’s desire to progress will be positively influenced.

5. USE RECOGNIZED TEACHING MATERIALS

The Academy utilizes educational materials developed by professional music educators. These materials have been researched and are continually upgraded and improved to make learning easier. Books and materials for music lessons are available to purchase at the Academy host desk.

Most Importantly... HAVE FUN!!