Got a question? Take a look through our list of Frequently Asked Questions below:
When can I start my lessons?
You can start anytime you like! We teach all year-round. Students who start after the beginning of the month or current trimester pay a prorated amount.
Do I have to sign a contract?.
No. We have a simple registration form we use to gather your information but there’s no long-term commitment required. We do hope you stick around for a while and we want our students to understand that learning how to play an instrument is a lifelong adventure (some of our students have been here for as many as 9 years!)
How many lesson will I have to take before I’m good?
It depends. It depends on the instrument you want to play, your musical background, natural abilities, what your goals are, and level of commitment from the student and their parents. In general, you should expect to give at least one year of sincere effort. Until we discover the magical secret to becoming an instant master learning how to play an instrument will always take time, dedication, and effort.
What is a good age to start?
We have students who start as young as 5. Due to certain physical requirements of some instruments some students can’t start until the ages of 7 or 8.
Is it possible to just try a lesson?
Yes. We offer one-time trial lessons for $36. Trial lessons are ideal for younger students who may or may not be ready for regular private lessons. After trial lessons teachers will provide a recommendation as to whether or not a student is ready for private lessons.
Do I need to bring my own instrument?
Yes. With the exception of drums and piano you are responsible for bringing your own instrument to your lessons. If you need an instrument we have excellent student-quality instruments for sale and for rent. Click here to find out more about our instrument rental program.
What should I bring to my first lesson?
Bring your instrument, any materials you may have been working on (books), and an open mind!
Do you teach adults?
Yes. We have students who are into their 70s taking music lessons. It’s never too late to learn how to play an instrument. In fact, studies show that learning how to play an instrument actually protects your brain from the negative effects of aging.
How do I cancel my lessons?
You may stop lessons at any time with two weeks notice. Any outstanding balance can either be refunded, carried forward to future lessons, or transferred to a family member’s lessons.
What kinds of performance opportunities will I have?
We currently have two performance outlets for our students. The Student Showcase is a bi-annual recital that is dedicated to featuring Centre Music House students and the progress they’re making on their instruments. Student showcases are held in the fall and the spring at a local performance hall. We also host a monthly open mic for our students and other musicians in the community. It’s a great low-pressure environment for musicians of all ages and playing levels to come together and share the joy of live music.
For more information on our performance opportunities click here.
Is 30 minutes once a week long enough?
For most of our students, yes. There are some students who progress quickly and would benefit from longer lessons in which case we also offer 45 or 60 minute private lessons (schedule permitting).
Will I get a make-up if I miss a lesson?
No. Lessons are paid for whether attended or not. We do appreciate a phone call if you know you will not attend.
Do you teach during the summer?
Yes. The learning never stops! We teach all year-round.
Is there a set curriculum for learning?
No. Lessons are tailored to match students’ unique learning styles and musical interests and goals. Our teachers do work out of a range of instructional music books.
Are parents allowed to sit in during lessons?
Absolutely. Parents are always welcome to sit in during their children’s lessons. It is our experience that students perform better when they establish a rapport with teachers without the presence of parents.
How often should I practice?
Daily practice is the key. It’s better to spend 15 minutes practicing everyday than 30 minutes the night before your lesson.
What happens when a teachers is out sick?
If we are unable to arrange for a substitute teacher you will be issued a credit towards your next lesson payment.
Can I change my lesson time?
If changes in your schedule require a long-term change in your lesson time then you can change your time if scheduling permits.
How is billing handled?
Billing for music lessons occur on a monthly basis and are processed by automatic charges to your credit card or band account. For more information on billing please see our policy.