Enjoy one-on-one instruction with a university-trained instructor of your choice on your favorite instrument or develop your singing technique with voice lessons. For your weekly lesson time you can come either after school, after work or on Saturdays.
Included in your private lesson tuition is one weekly music lesson, a group class during make-up week twice per year and at least three recital opportunities per year, optional but encouraged for all. Students are always encouraged to observe the lesson of other students. This can profoundly increase comprehension and motivation which increases progress.
Students practice at home daily starting with about 10 minutes per day, progressing in the first year up to 20-30 minutes a day for a moderate pace. Students who wish to progress at a faster pace increase their daily practice time gradually over time and increase to 6 or more days of home practice per week. Virtually all math students who keep up their daily schoolwork assignments find themselves working algebraic equations by their 10th year of school. See where your child can be in 10 years with the equivalent effort in music practice by checking out performances of the Mozart Concerto in D Major online (recorded by many artists). This piece comprises the Suzuki Violin School Volume 10. Or for piano look for performances of pieces from the Suzuki Piano School Volume 7 such as Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in D Major and Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp Minor as well as other pieces which are listed online. It is very easy for student musicians who play at this level to enjoy a performing a gamut of rock, pop and other styles.
Young children need daily parental assistance during home practice, thus we require the same parent (or grandparent) to both attend the lesson and practice at home with children under 12 at least 5 days per week the specific exercises and material as assigned by the teacher. The parent does NOT need to know how to read music at the beginning. It is strongly recommended that parents also attend lessons for students 12 and up. At the lesson the parent will take notes and learn tips on how you can help your child practice at home. Even if you are not a musician, rest assured, we’ve trained LOTS of parents to be an effective home practice “coach”: you can do it!
How do you choose which instrument you’d like to learn? Some of the instruments we teach are listed below. You are welcome to visit the studio and view one or more lessons. Call us at 972-414-3000 to schedule your complimentary observation. We try to find a student for you to observe who is close to your age (or the age of your child) and who has been taking for at least 6 months to a year so you can see where you or your child can be in that time.
When you enroll, we guide you on how best to obtain an instrument for at-home practice, including carefully measuring your child for the required size in string instruments. With the exception of pianos and keyboards, you’ll bring your own instrument to the lesson along with your books — that’s it! At our facility we provide pianos, electric keyboards, music stands, adjustable benches and footstools so students of all sizes and ages can be comfortable and well-positioned for their lessons.
Music lessons for kids to adults are available on piano, voice (singing), violin, and cello.
For each of the instruments listed above, a program of private lessons supplemented with group classes are available. Group classes begin after a period of weeks during which the student learns the basic mechanics of producing a resonant tone and can play some short simple songs competently by rote. Group classes help the student learn to stay together when playing with other musicians, follow a leader or conductor, lead or conduct themselves, gain confidence to share their music, receive motivation to persevere by seeing other students work hard on and master pieces that are upcoming for the student to learn, work on and strengthen skills in music theory, notereading, improvisation, audition techniques, and other skills. In addition there is the enjoyment of participation in musical games that also strengthen musicianship, the opportunities to participate in reach out performance events in the community, opportunities to be part of fundraising for charity, be a part of a community of other music students and their families, as well as other benefits. Many students and families develop life-long friendships through their participation in the Academy music program’s group events and we hope you can join us.