Private Lessons FAQ
Private lesson students are allowed two make-ups per term for illness or a death in the family. Just bring in a doctor’s note and we can schedule a make-up time. Please note that in order to receive a make-up for either of these two reasons, families must give ample notice to the office prior to the student’s lesson time. If you miss for any other reason (sports, concerts, travel, etc.), you have two options:
1. The Swap List: The Swap List is a list of lesson and contact information of private lesson students who agree to share their information. This way, if you know you won’t be able to make it to your private lesson, you can attempt to find another student to swap lesson times with. You are welcome to swap with any instructor who teaches your instrument, it doesn’t necessarily have to be your teacher. Don’t be afraid to try another instructor—sometimes a little change (like a lesson with a different teacher) can pull you right out of a musical rut!
If you would like to be part of the Swap List, be sure to check “yes” on your registration form. Our only request: If you are swapping with someone, we ask that you (and the student you are swapping with) contact us 24 hours in advance to notify us of the swap. NOTE: The Swap List is applicable for private lessons only. If you are missing a GROUP CLASS, please contact the office to see if there is another similar class that you can attend instead.
2. Attend a Group Make-up Class. These classes meet for 50 minute and provide an excellent opportunity for students to reinforce their musical knowledge while interacting with their peers in fun and varied musical topics. View the Make-up Class Schedule
Absolutely! We encourage an open line of communication between students and their instructors. We do not, however, give out instructor contact information without their consent. If you have a question for your instructor, contact the office and we will either relay your message or have the instructor contact you shortly. Please note: communication regarding attendance, payments, etc., should be directed to the office.
Communication is key! We want to know. We always encourage you to visit with your respective instructor first. If the issue continues, certainly, keep us informed in the office. We want to ensure that you are receiving quality music instruction.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend music lessons with their child. Being a part of your child’s music lessons will aid in their progress, especially in the beginning stages. By being in the lessons, you will learn right along with them and be able to assist them with practice at home. On the other hand, there may be cases in which it is more beneficial for students to attend lessons on their own, something to be determined on a student-by-student basis.
When it’s a couple minutes before your lesson (check with the office staff and/or the clock in lobby), please go ahead and walk back to your lesson room. Each room is marked outside the door with the respective teacher offering lessons for the day. Because we’re on a tight schedule, you may quietly enter the room as the lesson or class prior to you is finishing up so that you can start unpacking and preparing for your lesson. By doing so, we can all keep lessons and classes on schedule.
If there is a room available (check with the office), by all means – practice away! During the busiest times of the day (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm), room space is at a minimum. Another option, feel free to utilize the student computer in the hallway to improve on varied skills (e.g., composition, note reading, ear training, rhythms, etc.).
All of your music books and your instrument, of course (don’t forget your theory book!). Most instructors prefer that you have a notebook of some kind for keeping track of notes and/or items to practice. Your teacher will have specific information about any other necessary items.
Regular attendance is key in making solid progress when learning any new skill – especially music! If you can’t make it to your lesson or class for some reason, a call is appreciated. And then there is that issue of practicing…your teacher will provide guidance and recommendations for how and how much to practice. With the desire to learn and a “can do” attitude, just about anything is attainable!
Private lessons occur year-round.