Music Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A. While it is ideal if you do have a piano at home, you can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on at home. 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. Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
A. No. You do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs $20-$30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms. As a drum student gets more advanced, our teachers can recommend options to help the student continue to grow.
Q. How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A. There is no set answer of 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 they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day, the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Q. When is the best time to start?
A. The short answer is NOW! The best time to learn an instrument is as young as possible. You can see our guide on ages we recommend starting instruments HERE.
Q. What is the best instrument to start on?
A. If your child doesn’t have a preference of what instrument to learn, recommend they start on the piano because,
- Notes are visually laid out from highest to lowest. This makes it easy to understand
- It requires the least amount of coordination and finger strength. Other instruments such as the drums and guitar require a significant amount of coordination and strength such as holding down the strings or using different limbs to play a drum beat.