What do we need to get started?
You will need an instrument, first and foremost, for every class except our Intro to Music Class (find out more here) We rent and sell instruments, so, most likely you will be able to get your instrument from us. If you do already own an instrument, it does need to pass our teacher inspection, as we want to be sure each student is playing on a fully functioning instrument. We perform basic repairs and can often get things up and running quickly for you, at minimal expense. Please be prepared to spend some money on upgrades, accessories, and other necessities to help your student succeed.
A binder for loose leaf pages that we will provide is very important. It is a way for your student to keep their music organized and must come to each lesson. If your student does not bring a binder, we will provide one and charge it to the account. 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!
Who can take lessons? What instruments?
We teach all ages, from 5-105! For the littlest ones, (4-8), our Intro to Music Class can get them excited without requiring a big commitment to practice at home. Piano, fiddle,and ukelele are all introduced in this class. Once kids are ready to commit to a moderate practice regimen, they will choose an instrument and move up to Fiddle Class, Piano Class, or Ukulele/Guitar, in either a class or private lesson format. For more advanced students, we offer Intermediate Strings/Band, where students begin to learn how to play in a band, and chord theory, musical arrangements and performance are emphasized. Advanced Strings/Band is for older students. Basic audio engineering, advanced music arrangements and composing, and more local performing is introduced. For adults,check out our "Lunchtime Lessons" program in Downtown Georgetown! It's always a good time to start learning an instrument!
Although we primarily teach piano, ukulele, fiddle, and guitar, we also offer mandolin, upright and electric bass and limited vocal coaching in our private lesson sessions. Most instruction is available to all ages, however, our 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 at a younger age. However, we typically start aspiring guitarists with ukulele, and see the transition to guitar as much easier for these students.
What books do you use?
We use a variety of different methods, often depending on the student's interest. For fiddle, ukulele, guitar or bass, we use our own method, so we will usually just write a song out for you during your lesson. A recording device of some kind, even a cell phone with camera, is necessary for all lessons, as we rely on ear-training heavily. For piano lessons, we may use books that you already own, or we will recommend a series of books depending on the student's interest and ability level. The recording device is still a good idea, as part of each lessons is spent learning chords, and theory that won't be in the book.
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.