At what age can my child study music?
Cello can be physically challenging for the very young, so I recommend that a child not begin until the age of 5. There are many ways to engage a child musically before this age however!
Do you teach adult students?
I welcome and enjoy adult leaners, but I do ask that you consider the actual commitment of consistent, daily practice in light of your other commitments. Will you faithfully devote 30-60 minutes daily to cultivating this skill, including the days when you don't feel like it?
I do not have a cello at home, is this okay?
It is absolutely essential to the learning process that the student have regular access to a cello. Suitable beginning instruments are easily rented at local music stores. Additionally, there are many excellent violinmakers in the Seattle area for those interested in purchasing an instrument. Some of these violinmaking shops also rent out instruments.
How much should I/my child practice? How can I help my child practice?
The amount of time a student should practice varies depending on age, experience and long-term goals. A beginning student of any age should practice a bare minimum of 15 minutes, 5 days per week. This is a bare minimum and is expected to increase based on the maturity and ability of the student. A more mature or advanced student will be expected to practice perhaps 1 or 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. After meeting you and discussing your goals, I can better advise a suitable practice regimen.
Can you give me any tips on practicing an instrument?
Of course! We'll go over the nuts and bolts of cello practice during lessons, but for general tips on practicing an instrument, please see Practice Tips.
What are the benefits of taking music lessons?
There have been many studies showing the benefits of playing and listening to music:
Music relieves stress and provides an outlet for creative expression.
Playing an instrument develops focus, personal discipline, and problem solving, to name a few.
Studying music can create a strong sense of achievement.
Playing music is just plain fun!
Exposure to music makes you smarter! see link below
I have two children who want to take lessons for a half-hour each; can I get the hourly rate, or do I have to pay for two half-hour lessons?
If your children have back-to-back lessons, then you will only get charged the hourly rate.
Can I take lessons every other week or once every month?
Unfortunately, no. While it is possible in theory to learn an instrument this way, it almost never works out in practice. The once- or twice-a-month student inevitably loses steam or becomes frustrated and quits.
Can I take lessons twice a week?
Yes, you may take as many lessons in a week as you would like!
When is tuition due?
Monthly tuition is due at the first lesson of each month. Late tuition may be subject to a $10 late-fee. For further details, please see the Studio Policies.