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FAQs

THE ARTS ACADEMY

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to send us your question!

When is my child old enough to learn a musical instrument?

We accept students as young as 5 yrs old. If your child is showing interest and always trying to play the instruments you have at home or constantly singing that is a great sign that they are ready for music lessons.

What is a good instrument to start with at 5-7 yrs old?

First, ask THEM what they want to learn. 


If they truly have no preference, we would suggest Piano or Ukulele - These instruments are generally easier for younger students to learn and give a great foundation for learning other musical instruments in the future. They are the easiest instruments to learn at the beginning. 


The key for any of us when learning something new is to get results as quickly as possible. This gives us confidence, which leads to motivation, which leads to more learning.

How long does it take to learn a musical instrument?

Learning an instrument is a journey. It takes hours and years of practice to perfect the skill and everyone learns at different paces. To increase your learning pace we recommend practicing everyday using our 100 Day Challenge to track your progress. Practice is the best way to improve your growth and learn a musical instrument.

Are music lessons for my child worth it?

Music lessons can do a lot for your child. Learning music can improve their skills in math, memorization, and listening. When a child is learning a musical instrument it engages the whole brain helping your child’s brain to develop and learning an instrument also improves motor skills and coordination. Music can also help kids have better social and communication skills.

Are parents allowed to sit in on the lessons?

Yes! We encourage parents to sit in on at least the 1st lesson their child has at the academy so they can meet their child’s teacher and be able to help them remember what to practice throughout the week. We especially recommend this for students 7 and under as it helps to have the parent aware of what goes on in the lesson for practice at home. Also, for students who may be shy it sometimes helps to have the parent in the first couple of lessons while the student is getting to know their new teacher.

Can my child choose their own songs to learn?

Yes! Your child will have the opportunity to choose their favorite songs or even compose their own music. Parents are encouraged to attend student recitals (which are held twice a year) so that you can see how far your child has come in their musical journey, and to get an up close view of his/her progress.

Am I too old to take lessons?

No! It is never too late to start! Our teachers are here to help you on your musical journey whether you’ve had previous lessons before but taken a long break, been a musician for awhile but want to grow your repertoire, or if you have never touched an instrument before. We are here to help you at whatever stage you are at to reach your musical goals.

Do you have teachers that will be able to connect with my child and make lessons fun?

Yes! All the teachers at Arts Academy are excited to connect with your student and cater the lesson to their individual needs. We believe that each student learns differently so our teachers adapt each lesson to work for the individual student. Our teachers build a relationship with each one of their students so the students are encouraged and excited to come back to their music lessons each week.

How long does it take to learn to play an instrument?

It is truly impossible to answer this for everyone. Some people may take lessons for a couple years and be perfectly proficient at their instrument.


Others may take lessons for 5 years and still struggle with basic concepts.


It really just depends on a few key things:

  1. Do they have a good teacher that is patient and does not put too much pressure on the student.

  2. How motivated is the student? If they are motivated to learn, they may surprise you and make tremendous progress in under a year.

  3. What does “knowing how to play their instrument” mean to you? Does it mean they can play a song? Does it mean they can read music? Does it mean they are at the level of a professional musician?

This last point (#3) is important because if you really think about it, anybody who is truly great at something must commit many, many years of their lives to it. It’s not like they can just take lessons for a few months and be rock stars.


It’s a commitment. Often times a life long commitment.


What’s great about music however is that the enjoyment comes not just in the playing, but also in the process of learning.


Besides, most things that are worthwhile don’t happen overnight.


The key here is commitment. Stick with it. You will never regret sticking with music.


The best way to learn is by taking lessons and practicing regularly. You will start to see results quickly and be able to play simple songs within a few weeks.


A qualified instructor can also give you personal feedback and help you correct any mistakes.

Do I need to bring my instrument with me to my lessons?

Yes! If you are learning : Guitar, Ukulele, or Violin you need to bring the instrument with you for your lessons. (The academy has a drum set and piano in each studio room.)

Do I need to purchase the instrument I’m learning to have at home?

Yes! You will need to have your instrument at home so you can practice the homework your teacher gives you and progress in your instrument. There are a lot of rental options if you aren’t ready to buy an instrument yet.

How often should we come for lessons to get the best result?

Over the years we have had students come once a month, twice a month, once a week, twice a week, three times a week, and various other frequencies. We have found the best and most efficient frequency is once a week.


It’s just enough time for the child to practice without developing bad habits. It’s not too often for them to get burnt out.

How much should my child be practicing every week?

Well, of course EVERY day would be best. But you also don’t want to set them up for something they cannot maintain. 5 days a week is probably the most reasonable.


But before you worry about how many days a week they are practicing, make sure they have all the tools to practice during the week. The key is preparation.

  1. They should have a daily practice journal where they can log their daily practice time.

  2. They need to have written assignments from their teacher so that if they have questions during the week, you can help them.

  3. They should be told what is expected of them and set weekly goals for attaining those goals.

  4. There should be a reward system for them if they reach these practice goals.

One more note about practicing: it is usually a good idea for children to not take more than one day off from practicing at a time. The reason for this is simply that two full days of time away from their instrument will result in them forgetting much of what they were working on. They’ll get rusty.


So if they practice 5 days a week, maybe instead of taking the weekend off, just skip one day during the week, and one day on the weekend.

What's the best teaching method to use for my child?

There is one right answer here. It’s WAY more important that they find the right TEACHER regardless of what method they teach.


In addition to the right teacher, the students need to be plugged into a system which gives them the opportunity to perform and earn rewards for their progress. This is critical and far too often overlooked by teachers.


These two keys are FAR more important than any specific teaching method used.

My child says they want to take a different instrument. Should I let them switch or should I make them stick with it?

It depends on how long they've been taking their current instrument. 2 years is a good amount of time for a child to get a good handle on an instrument before exploring a new one.


If they have only been taking lessons on their current instrument for 6 or 8 months, then be careful.


Because once they move to the new instrument they may never play the old one again. ESPECIALLY if they never learned how to play a song or anything on the old instrument.


Interestingly, if a child takes lessons on two separate instruments. The strangest thing happens. They progress faster on each instrument.


The reason for this is because they are practicing twice as long per day (practicing two different instruments) and so they are developing themselves musically at a faster rate.


CAUTION: Don’t let them take lessons on two separate instruments unless they are prepared to practice twice as long per day!

What do I do when my child says they don’t want to take lessons anymore?

The first question to  ask the student would be, “why don’t you want to take lessons?”.


If they say they don’t like their teacher because they are mean or boring etc.., then you need to talk to the teacher and find out what is going on.


If they say they just don’t like to practice, then you would want to make sure you and the teacher are giving them proper motivation to continue (do they get a chance to perform at least once a year, are they earning trophies and certificates for their progress etc… Once again, don't underestimate the power of rewards and recognition.)


If they don’t give a reason other than that they are just tired of it and want to quit. Well, then it just comes down to their/your level of commitment. Which, of course, is a personal choice.


Here’s the deal: You will get out of it what you put into it. EVERYONE comes to a point in lessons when it gets hard and they may want to quit.


The ultimate question then becomes this: Will your child regret quitting when they are older?

Think of it this way: Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish I had stuck with my music lessons when I was a kid.” (we have heard this countless times)


How about this:

“Gosh, I really wish I had quit my music lessons when I was a kid…” (have you ever heard anyone say this??)

Do you teach music theory at your school?

Yes, we teach students how to read music and understand theory. In our music lessons, we believe that it is important for students to have a strong foundation in music theory. This knowledge will help them better understand the structure of music, and it will also give them a better understanding of how to write and play any style they want!

Why should I take in-person music lessons instead of online?

There are many reasons why in-person music lessons are a better choice than online music lessons. Here are some of the most important ones:

  1. In-person lessons allow you to learn from a real, live instructor. This instructor can help you with your technique, show you how to play songs, and give you feedback on your progress. Your teacher can also provide instant feedback, which helps you learn more quickly and accurately.

  2. In-person lessons allow you to ask questions and get help when you need it. If you're struggling with a particular piece of music or having trouble with your technique, your instructor will be there to help you out.

  3. In-person lessons are more social and fun, which can keep you motivated to continue learning.

Why should I take private music lessons when there are free resources available?

There are a few reasons why private music lessons may be a better option than free resources.


First, private music lessons provide one-on-one attention from a qualified instructor. This individualized attention can help students learn more quickly and effectively, and instructors can help you develop a personal practice routine that is tailored to your own strengths and weaknesses.


Second, private music lessons offer students the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback specific to their own playing.


Finally, private music lessons can help students develop a strong foundation in music theory and technique, which can be beneficial for further study or for playing in ensembles. With an instructor, you can also develop a deeper understanding of the music theory behind your favorite songs.

Are your teachers qualified?

Our teachers are highly qualified professionals who have many years of experience teaching children to play the various instruments at all levels. We pride ourselves on having the most devoted teachers with an unwavering commitment to our students' success in music. All our teachers know how to get the best out of their students. Our teachers use innovative teaching methods that will help your child achieve their musical goals at whatever level is required - whether it's playing by ear, learning basic technique on piano, guitar, violin or other instruments or simply getting introduced to music & its various facets using MIDI keyboards & other computerized musical instruments.

Any other important information I should know?

Discipline, routine, and regular practice are required for success in playing an instrument. We encourage parents to take part in this, too!

What are lesson rates?

$42.50 per 30-minute private lesson held once a week. There is a one-time registration fee of $50.00.

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