Frequently Asked Questions

How much do lessons cost?

Most students enroll in weekly, 30 minute lessons for $150 per month. Please see PRICING (TUITION FEES) for more details.

Is there a discount for siblings?

Yes. Siblings, parents or any additional students get a $10/month discount ($140 per month tuition for weekly, 30 minute lessons). Please see PRICING (TUITION FEES) for more details.

What if I have to miss a lesson or if there’s a holiday, can I just pay less that month?

Our monthly tuition is the same all year, regardless of the exact number of lessons received per month (although that number is usually 4). If we receive a minimum of 24 hrs notice of your absence, you’re eligible to make up the missed lesson. Make-up lessons are never guaranteed, always subject to availability. Please see OUR POLICIES for more details on payments & make-ups.

What instrument should I (or my child/friend/acquaintance/etc.) start with?

In general, start with the instrument that you’ll be most likely to stay with for at least a year, or the one that you find yourself most drawn to. Maybe it’s the one you have at home already, or the one that you hear most clearly in your favorite music? If you’re looking for lessons for a child under 10, piano & drums/percussion are our general “go-to” recommendations. Since you do not need to hold up a piano or drums in order to play them, the learning curve is much more gentle than on stringed instruments (violin, guitar, ukulele), which need to be held up AND played with both hands. Once a child is older, stronger & has more focused attention, the fundamental musicianship learned on piano & drums will transfer any instrument. Please see AGE AND INSTRUMENT GUIDELINES for more details.

How long will it take to learn an instrument?

It depends on how you define “learn an instrument.” If you mean “make a sound”, that generally happens on day 1. If you mean, “play a song” that depends on what song, and how well you want to play it. There are simple songs that can be played at the first lesson on most instruments. There are advanced songs that take professional musicians years to learn to play (and there is everything in between). We do not work on “seasons” or “semesters” like sports, schools or other programs. Many Music Time students celebrate anniversaries of 5, 6, 7, 8+ years in lessons with us. There is always more to learn (or other instruments to try). We consider “success” in music to be simply the continuation of playing. There’s really no finish line.

I do not have an instrument yet. Do you provide instruments?

Do you offer performance opportunities for students?

Yes. We are very proud of all the students & teachers that came together to create our Spring & Winter “Digital” Concerts from 2020-2021. VIEW ON YOUTUBE. Prior to the pandemic, we offered several performance opportunities per year.

Who will be my teacher?

What method will my teacher be using?

Do you offer testing or certification?

How do I get started?

So glad you asked. The best way to begin is to use the form below to request a free trial lesson. The more information that you can give, the better. Please let us know about the student’s personality and their musical preferences. I know it can be stressful to think about scheduling, but please do consider what day & time you can keep for a regular, weekly appointment. Not all teachers are available on all days, so knowing a day you can commit to is huge. Thank you. We look forward to meeting you. 🙂