Is online instruction a good fit for my student?
Yes! For many students, being in their own surroundings eases the nerves and makes learning more comfortable. Very young students will need a parent to help them during lessons, and keep track of their assignments for the week.
What do we need to get started?
You will need an instrument, first and foremost. We rent locally, and sell instruments also. Please consult with your teacher before purchasing elsewhere, so we can approve the playability of your instrument. Many families have a guitar or piano already, and ukuleles are inexpensive to purchase. We are happy to help guide you through the instrument buying process.
A device to access Zoom, whether tablet, computer, or phone, is important, as well as a way for the student to access the internet for emails and recordings from their teacher. A printer at home to print out music that we send you is also invaluable.
Who can take lessons? What instruments?
We teach all ages, from 4-adult! For the littlest ones, (4-6), we offer piano or ukulele in our Intro to Music Classes. Many young children want to play guitar or fiddle/violin, and we start them towards those instruments with lessons in finger dexterity and basic music understanding on keyboard and ukulele. Learning music is a lifelong endeavor, and starting young is a great way to foster that love forever! For older students, we teach piano, guitar, ukulele, fiddle, upright or electric bass, mandolin, or cello.
Where do I get my music books?
We provide all the curriculum and books that students will need. A home printer is required. Some books may be shipped to you, and occasionally a teacher may suggest an additional purchase to supplement what we provide.
Fiddle? Violin? What's the difference?
This is a great question! The instrument is the same, no matter what we call it. The difference is in the songs you play on the instrument! Fiddle music is a huge part of American music, going back for hundreds of years. Bluegrass, Western Swing, Folk, Country, Jazz, and Texas Fiddle music are just some of the genres that rely heavily on the fiddle. While learning notation (reading music) is an important skill for any musician, our teaching methods rely on ear-training and a unique form of tablature developed especially for the fiddle. We have also adapted this for guitar, and it is a simple method that will have you playing songs right from the first lesson! Reading music for fiddle is something that we teach later, once the student has mastered the mechanics of the instrument.