How long are private lessons and how often do they occur?
A typical lesson is 30 minutes long and occurs once per week. Older and/or more advanced students may opt instead for 45 or 60 minute lessons if they prefer.
What qualifications do your instructors have?
Many of our instructors have completed their education through the Royal Conservatory of Music, have received university level education in music, or have spent many years as touring or studio musicians and have now settled into a teaching role. Regardless of what you’re looking for, we have the right instructor for your needs!
What happens in a typical music lesson?
Lessons at Studio Nine are often customized to the needs or wants of the student in a variety of ways. Many lessons will begin with a brief review of the previous lesson’s material and warm-up exercises, followed by a new lesson covering theory, repertoire, musicianship, or a combination of these topics. Instructors may assign a home practice schedule so students can get the most of their upcoming lessons.
How long will it take me/my child to play my/their instrument competently?
The amount of time a student takes to be able to competently play their instrument depends on a number of factors – most importantly, how often the instrument is practiced. The more you practice, the faster you’ll learn the instrument!
What if my child or I don’t get along with the instructor?
If you feel the instructor is not the best match for you or your child, please inform our front desk staff and we will be happy to transfer you to an alternate instructor. We understand that not every match is perfect the first time around. For that reason, we have a variety of teachers, and one that will fit you and your child’s needs!
What is my commitment when registering for lessons?
When registering during our regular school year (September through June), you will be enrolled until the end of the school year. If you wish to discontinue lessons before this time, we require that 30 days notice be provided to our front desk staff.
What is better for my child – group lessons or private lessons?
When a student is under the age of 7 we typically recommend that they attend group lessons – this allows the child a bit more play and ensures that they are not required to focus for a full 30 or 60 minutes, which can be hard on younger children.
Once a child reaches the age of 7, although they are welcome to take group lessons, we recommend that the student enrolls in private lessons. This allows the instructor to tailor the class to the students individual needs, which allows greater progress and success.
How can I help my child succeed if I don’t know anything about music?
While having a parent with musical knowledge and experience can be helpful to any young musician, even a parent without a musical background can be a great mentor for a student. Simply sitting in on a few classes, talking with the instructor about goals and possible challenges, and discussing tools for overcoming difficult passages can help your child excel.
What is your attendance policy?
Our policy states that we do not offer make-up lessons for student absences regardless of prior notice. If a student is absent for any reason we would encourage that student to send in a friend or family member to make use of the time. If this is not possible, although not guaranteed, if you speak to the front desk we may be able to fit you in another time slot within the week when another student is absent. This would be limited to the teacher’s schedule and availability.
How much do lessons cost and how do I pay for them?
Lessons are competitively priced and vary depending on whether they are group or private lessons, and on the level and experience of the instructor. Please contact our studios for detailed rates.
Lessons are billed on the first of each month and are paid by either pre-authorized Visa or MasterCard, or post-dated cheques.