Musicians in Motion Frequently Asked Questions
What is the screening process for your teachers? All teachers go through a detailed process to determine whether they are capable teachers and have the personality to teach children. Musicians In Motion also does full nationwide, state and local criminal background checks on on personnel. You may request references from any teacher.
Do you require students to sign a contract? There is a contract which commits you to a minimum of two months and a 30-day notice to stop or pause lessons.
What do you do about missed lessons? We've found that a consistent lesson day is one of the most important factors in progress. Having your lesson on a different day than the normal lesson day is often a waste of money because either the make up lesson or the following regularly scheduled lesson ends up being used to just practice since the student didn't have proper time to practice the new material. We need our students to have new material on the day of the lesson so that you can start working on it. Even if you're out of town, the teacher will design a specific lesson plan for the week you are gone! We use a program called Lessonmate that allows the teacher to send you a meaty, detailed, personalized lesson plan with video demonstration so that you or your child will know exactly what to practice that week. For more information, visit www.lessonmate.org or call the music director at 704-774-6059.
What if we decide to go on vacation? Students are allowed to skip one lesson per quarter with 48 hours notice in writing. National holidays are optional, but otherwise, you will receive a meaty, detailed, personalized lesson plan for the week including a video demonstration! This will help the student continue progressing even throughout your week off.
What if my child gets sick? If your child gets sick, your teacher will send you a custom tailored virtual lesson which is simple to access and understand. This way, there's no need to rearrange your schedule for a make up lesson!
How much notice do I need to give should I decide to pause or discontinue lessons? 30 days notice is required to stop or pause lessons. Your notice must be in writing to the office. If you tell the teacher, this does not count, so please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that when you resume lessons, a $25 registration fee will apply.
Do you provide any services other than studio and in-home lessons? We hold a recital two times a year. And through the studio we offer group lessons to supplement students’ private lessons. In the summer, we offer Band Camp, a fun exciting group class where students learn to play guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums.
What kind of piano do I need? If you are not able to purchase/rent a real piano, a keyboard with touch sensitive keys will be a fine way to go in the beginning. If the student stays with it for a few years, you can then consider buying either a digital or real piano.
What kind of guitar should I buy? Electric guitars are easier and more fun to play, so we recommend starting there. Fender makes a great instrument around $100, and a small amp is $50-70. Be sure to also get a gig bag to carry it as well as and a tuner ($40 and $15 respectively). If you have a tablet or smartphone, you can download a free guitar tuner app.
Do you have keyboards or real pianos at your music school? We choose to have full size digital pianos at our music school because they are more fun for beginners. The keys are weighted just like a real piano and they are capable of producing the sounds of many different instruments such as flute, trumpet, guitar, organ, etc. as well as different rhythmic patterns so that you can play with a “band.” Kids especially love this!
What is a good age to start private lessons?
We require that all beginners under 8 must take our Music Funtime class. This is an exciting way for children ages 18 months through age 7 to experience music for the first time. They will be with other kids their age and not have to do a ton of homework which can become a drag in the beginning. Students stay in this class for 1-2 years depending on their age and when the teacher suggests the appraise time to switch over to private lessons.
What instrument do you recommend for beginners? Piano as is the most logical place to start for most students. Guitar is OK, but we suggest starting guitar at age 10 or above due to the difficult and strength required. Violin is possible, and voice for ages 8 and above. For the young beginner under 8, students should have gone through the Music Funtime class before taking private lessons. This will significantly increase the chances of success which is why we require this course of action.
What if my schedule changes frequently?
We have a "drop-in" plan that allows you to schedule a lesson week-to-week. All you have to do is call or email us within 7 days of the days you are available and we will let you know when you teacher can it you in. There is a $5 per lesson surcharge for this service.