We get many calls for music lessons, and we are often astonished that the only question we are asked is “How much do you charge?” While this may be a factor in choosing a teacher, there are other very important issues. If cost is the only criterion, and you choose a poorly trained or inexperienced teacher, you may be wasting your money and many years of your time developing bad habits and serious gaps in your training. Be sure to inquire about:
One good way to evaluate a teacher’s abilities is by seeing and hearing the results. Ask if you may attend one of her student recitals or workshops, or if he is a performer, go and hear him play. Then determine if this is where you (or your child) would like to be.
One last word of advice: If you want to learn to play the violin, don’t go to a piano teacher, and vice versa. Although some teachers offer lessons on many different instruments, to get the best results, study with a teacher who specializes in the instrument that you want to learn, and can really play it well. Only they will know the specific techniques that will make your progress faster and easier.
And remember, as with anything, you get what you pay for. Never skimp on the quality of your child’s education.
Piano: 5 through adult; Guitar: 10 through adult.
At our teaching studios in Rancho Santa Margarita, Camarillo, and Dana Point, California.
How badly do you want to learn? Honestly, the more the better. As a general guideline, we say you need to practice at least as long as your lesson is, every day.
If you are taking private music lessons, you want to get the most out of your investment of money, time, and effort. So it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of your teacher. Here is a point system totaling 100 points that you can use to “grade” your teacher.
If you feel that your teacher or your education is lacking in any of these areas, first talk to your teacher. Second, if necessary, you may want to look for a new teacher. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Our tuition is charged on a monthly basis, due and payable on the first of the month. By far the majority of students take one-hour lessons. All guitar students take one-hour lessons. The piano teachers will determine the appropriate length of the lessons for their students. Some circumstances may call for longer lessons or multiple lessons per week. Inquire with your teacher for specific rates.
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