How old should my child be to start music lessons?
The answer to that depends on the interest level of the child, and their ability to focus the full duration of a 30 minute lesson. We’ve had students begin lessons as young as 5 years old, and stick with it for years.
What should we have before starting lessons?
For drums, all you’ll need is a practice pad and a pair of sticks. Before moving on to a full drum set, students start off by building up their hand technique. You won’t have to consider getting a drum set until the student has had several months of training, and the teacher says they’re ready to move on to set playing.
These students should own/rent an instrument to practice on and use during lessons. Waddell’s has a rental program for most band & orchestra instruments.
Piano students don’t have to have an actual piano when they first start off. Instead, a less expensive keyboard will suffice for learning basics and practicing. However, after about 2 years of playing, we’d recommend switching to an actual piano or a digitial piano with weighted keys.
All guitar and bass students will need to bring their instruments with them to their lesson. We have a good supply of inexpensive beginner instruments and accessories. For more information on prices, call us at 724-934-1090
How long should my child practice?
Ideally, a student should practice at least 30 minutes every day. However, we realize that this is not possible for many people. If they miss a day, they should try to extend their practice time the next day if possible.
All of our instructors are highly skilled musicians who share their musical passion with their students. Our instructors are experienced with students of all ages and skill levels. You can read brief biographies on all our teachers under the Meet the Teachers tab above. Our teachers would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have as well.
We can’t commit to a regular weekly time. Is there any other way we could still get lessons?
Yes there is. For the slightly higher rate of $30 per lesson, you can take single lessons, with no weekly commitment. Call us in advance for availability. 724-934-1090
What’s the difference between a music school and a private teacher who comes to our house?
While there are many highly accomplished teachers out there, a music school can provide a wide variety of skilled teachers, instruments, and opportunities such as recitals and other performance opportunities. We also have the ability to schedule whole families at one time with different instructors, saving you valuable time.
How much are lessons?
Tuition for half hour weekly lessons is $27.00. Tuition is paid up front for the entire month ($108 = 4 week month, $135.00 = 5 week month).
How do I sign up for lessons?
To sign up for lessons, give us a call or stop in. We are always happy to show our lesson rooms, and answer any questions you may have. 724-934-1090