Fiddle? Violin? What's the difference?
What books do you use?
What do I need to get started?
You will need an instrument, first and foremost! We can help guide you, so don't be afraid to come to your first lesson without one. We can give advice as far as where to go, and help you determine what might work in your budget. See the next question about area instrument rentals.
We also have some loaner instruments to get you through the first week or so. Please bring a spiral bound college-ruled notebook, and a binder for loose leaf pages to each lesson. A recording device, such as a cell-phone (either just voice recording, or a video is even more helpful!) is very important. Your song you are learning will be recorded for your own use during your practices each week. Also, please be sure that you have read through this FAQ page, and the rest of the website too!
Where can I get an instrument?
For purchases, we recommend a local shop- in Georgetown on the square, Ken'z Guitars has great deals for us on small-sized and beginner guitar purchases ( $49.95-$159.95.) Be sure to tell Ken you are one of our students!
For rentals, we also recommend Violins Etc, located at 6013 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX. Their number is 512-452-5617. Expect your violin rental to be around $30 monthly, depending on several factors.
Purchasing a student instrument is often a more economical way to go, and we will be happy to advise you on that as well!
Who can take lessons? What instruments?
We teach all ages, from 2-102! For the littlest ones, (2-4), we have occasional Mommy and me type class offerings.. For 5-8, piano, fiddle, or ukulele are great choices. Guitar lessons typically start at 9 or 10. Finger strength is important for guitar, and for a young child it can be a painful instrument, so we do not recommend starting with guitar before 9 or 10. However, we typically start aspiring guitarists with ukulele, and see the transition to guitar as much easier for these students.
Upright or electric bass lessons are available, as well as mandolin and voice coaching. If you have interest in a stringed instrument not mentioned here, please call to see if we have a class or lessons for you. Many adults wish that they had played an instrument as a kid, or want to revisit the one they started way back then. We love teaching adults, and have both private lessons and group for adults. We teach all day long, so there is sure to be a time that fits with your schedule!
How many classes are in each month?
The number of classes in a month can vary, although typically there are 4. However, around the holidays there will be fewer classes. The tuition remains the same each month, and covers not only your weekly one-hour class, but also the weekly jam session and monthly Student Gig performance, as well as the rehearsals and Winter Gig in December. Check "Important Dates" here for any questions about dates that we will be closed.
How many students are in a group class?
It takes a minimum of 3 students for a group class, and we max out with 6. Our student/teacher ratio is 3:1. You or your child will always get individualized instruction, even in the group.
Who can come along to the lesson?
For our group classes, only students can be in the room, due to size constraints. This also helps prevent distractions for the students. Parents are welcome to drop students off at the school for their class, but please pick them up promptly at the end of the hour. Feel free to email the teacher anytime you have concerns or questions. Younger siblings are welcome to bring homework or games to play in our lobby area. There are always classes and lessons going on, so please be respectful of others. Perhaps you would like to schedule your art and music lessons simultaneously, and that is always a possibility. Visit TheStudioCedarPark.com for more information about art classes, or call 512-259-0303
Tell me more about your jam on Mondays!
Our Monday evening jam is free to any of our existing students. It is a great way to double your class time for the week, get in some more practice, and meet others who are learning here too! The general format is 30 minutes of guided group "jamming", followed by time to learn new tunes, and allow students to show off something they may be learning. Students who are more advanced are asked to help teach, which really helps their learning process as well. Mondays 6:30-7:30pm.
We also have a Teen jam, for kids 13 and up with at least a year of experience-Thursdays at 6:30
Wednesdays at 7:30 are for adults, with an hour of adults-only jamming!
How does payment work?
Payment for the whole month is due and charged to your card on file on a date you choose between the 20th of the previous month and the 7th of the current month. To save paperwork and keep our prices competitive, we do not accept other forms of payment. Tuition is $110 monthly/student. Our new system will allow the parent to reschedule classes online, but only with 24 hours notice. We work with all students as much as we can, but we cannot give credit for missed lessons. However, if the teacher needs to cancel a lesson, you will always receive a credit or a make-up lesson, your choice.
What if we need to discontinue classes?
It is very important that you give us 14 days notice( before the 1st of the month) in writing before doing so. An email is fine (Lessons@WilsonSchoolofStrings.com) but please do not verbally tell your teacher. That doesn't always get back to the office! Your card on file will continue to be charged even if the student does not come to classes, so please communicate with us!