Fiddle? Violin? What's the difference?
What books do you use?
What do I need to get started?
You will need an instrument, first and foremost! We rent and sell instruments, so, most likely you will be able to get your instrument from us.
We also have some loaner instruments to get you through the first week or so. Please bring a spiral bound college-ruled notebook, and a binder for loose leaf pages to each lesson. A recording device, such as a cell-phone (either just voice recording, or a video is even more helpful!) is very important. Your song you are learning will be recorded for your own use during your practices each week. Also, please be sure that you have read through this FAQ page, and the rest of the website too!
Where can I get an instrument?
We rent and sell instruments and accessories! If you need it for your class, we carry it, so consider Wilson School of Strings to be your one-stop shop! We also do minor instrument repairs, so just ask!
Who can take lessons? What instruments?
We teach all ages, from 2-102! For the littlest ones, (2-4), we have occasional Mommy and me type class offerings.. For 5-8, piano, fiddle, or ukulele are great choices. Guitar lessons typically start at 9 or 10. Finger strength is important for guitar, and for a young child it can be a painful instrument, so we do not recommend starting with guitar before 9 or 10. However, we typically start aspiring guitarists with ukulele, and see the transition to guitar as much easier for these students.
Upright or electric bass lessons are available, as well as mandolin and voice coaching. If you have interest in a stringed instrument not mentioned here, please call to see if we have a class or lessons for you. Many adults wish that they had played an instrument as a kid, or want to revisit the one they started way back then. We love teaching adults, and have both private lessons and group for adults. We teach all day long, so there is sure to be a time that fits with your schedule!
How many classes are in each month?
The number of classes in a month can vary, although typically there are 4. However, around the holidays there will be fewer classes. The tuition remains the same each month, and covers not only your weekly one-hour class, but also the weekly jam session and monthly Student Gig performance, as well as the rehearsals and Winter Gig in December. Check "Important Dates" here for any questions about dates that we will be closed.
How many students are in a group class?
Typically, there will be between 2-6 students in a class. For more than 3, and for different instruments, there will be more than one teacher. Our student/teacher ratio is 3:1. Your child will always get individualized instruction, even in the group.
Who can come along to the lesson?
For our group classes, only students can be in the room, due to size constraints. This also helps prevent distractions for the students. Parents are welcome to drop students off at the school for their class, but please pick them up promptly at the end of the hour. We have limited space for parents and family to wait, but we will be happy to accommodate if you wish to remain in the building during class. There are always classes and lessons going on, so please be respectful of others. Perhaps you would like to schedule your family's art and music lessons simultaneously, and that is always a possibility. Visit TheStudioCedarPark.com for more information about art classes, or call 512-259-0303
Tell me more about your jam on Mondays!
Our Monday evening jam is free to any of our existing students. It is a great way to double your class time for the week, get in some more practice, and meet others who are learning here too! The jam is divided into 2 levels in 2 separate rooms, and each group plays out of a separate book that we provide. Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.
We also have a Teen jam, for kids 13 and up with at least a year of experience-Thursdays at 6:30
How does payment work?
Payment for the whole month is due and charged to your card on file on a date you choose between the 20th of the previous month and the 7th of the current month. To save paperwork and keep our prices competitive, we do not accept other forms of payment. Tuition is $110 monthly/student. Our new system will allow the parent to reschedule classes online, but only with 24 hours notice. We work with all students as much as we can, but we cannot give credit for missed lessons. However, if the teacher needs to cancel a lesson, you will always receive a credit or a make-up lesson, your choice.
What if we need to discontinue classes?
It is very important that you give us 14 days notice( before the 1st of the month) in writing before doing so. An email is fine (Lessons@WilsonSchoolofStrings.com) but please do not verbally tell your teacher. That doesn't always get back to the office! Your card on file will continue to be charged even if the student does not come to classes, so please communicate with us!