Everything You Need to Know
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: CAN MY CHILD START TAKING VOICE LESSONS EARLIER THAN 7 YEARS OLD?
A: Yes, if you split up your lessons time with Piano along with Voice. This option is great if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two for your younger musician. Taking Piano and Voice together provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged.
Q: HOW LONG SHOULD MY PRIVATE MUSIC LESSON BE?
A: Beginning music students should take a 30 minute private lesson once a week and may add more time depending on how much they can devote to practice each week. As the student progresses throughout the years to intermediate and advance levels, their lesson time should increase based on their teacher’s recommendations.
Q: DO I NEED A PIANO AT HOME TO TAKE PIANO LESSONS?
A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has regular-sized keys and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO LEARN AN INSTRUMENT?
A: There is no set answer on how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
Q: I DON'T HAVE ANY MUSICAL BACKGROUND OR ABILITY; CAN I STILL HELP MY CHILD PRACTICE?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally observe their child's music lesson from the viewing window to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENIFITS OF LEARNING HOW TO SING?
A: Singing strengthens the immune system,improves your posture and is a workout, helps with sleep and is a natural anti-depressant, lowers stress levels, improves mental alertness,boosts your confidence, broadens communication skills.
Singing encourages a child to express their emotions and sharpens their ability to communicate while exercising lip and tongue movement. But one of the biggest benefits of singing is the repeated use of the ‘memory muscle’.
Learning a piece of information attached to a tune embeds that information more rapidly in a child’s mind. The majority of children learn the alphabet not by simply saying the letters but singing them.
As children get older the power of singing in their lives can still be extremely beneficial. Matthew Freeman, development manager of ‘Sing up’, a national singing project to help enhance music in children’s education, has found that singing can be a great teaching tool for children. It can be used as a creative and fun way to increase enjoyment and achievement in subject areas where children normally struggle.
“Many children do not think of singing as ‘work’ and willingly participate in sessions,” he says, “Singing can be used as a tool to increase enjoyment and participation in a number of different subjects. A skilled singing tutor can cover subjects as diverse as English, numeracy, science, languages, and culture to name but a few.”