FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long does it take to learn an instrument?
There is no set amount of time that it takes to learn an instrument. Each student learns at his or her own pace. The real key to learning an instrument is simple: attend weekly private lessons and practice regularly. If this is done, then a basic level of playing can be accomplished in only a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long-term basis because they find that the lessons are enjoyable, and they wish to continue their growth and improvement on the instrument.

I don't have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
Yes. Even if you don't have any musical experience, you can always ask the instructor for advice on how to help your child practice. Parents who get involved in their child's lessons often find it rewarding - and it's also helpful to the student. Many parents will occasionally sit in on part of the child's lesson to get an idea of what they need to work on. Of course, the absolute best help you can provide your child is to be supportive and positive of his or her goals. Most of the time, thatís all the support the child needs.

Why is there a registration fee?
The nominal registration fee is used to cover material costs, books, sheet music, recordings, etc. Also, we NEVER charge students or their parents to perform at or attend the recitals or concerts. Part of your registration fee goes into booking the performance facility and the other various expenses of putting on a student event.

We also understand that families with many kids in enrichment activities take an extra financial hit. That is why Absolute Music Studios DOES NOT charge an extra registration fee for additional family members.

How long are the lessons?
Most of our students prefer a 30 minute lesson, once a week, although 60 minute lessons are available for more advanced students. We have found that 30 minutes of concentrated effort is the best for most beginners and intermediate players.

Can I take a lesson every other week?
We donít offer lessons every other week for a couple of reasons. Firstly, when learning something that requires mental skills and physical co-ordination, like playing a musical instrument or singing, itís important to have consistent, weekly lessons. Repetition is a key factor in learning how to play. Two weeks is too long for students to remember everything their teacher showed them in the last lesson. With lessons every other week, much of the lesson time is spent relearning what was taught weeks ago. Secondly we have found that students donít practice any more in a 2 week period than in a 1 week period. As a result, students take more than twice as long to learn the same amount, negating any effort to save money.

Can I watch my childís lesson?
Yes. We have an open door policy and parents are welcome to join their child in the actual lesson room. You have a right to know what's happening with your child at all times. Having said that, it's our experience that a child is more comfortable in the lessons without the pressure of having the parents in the room. They also seem to open up and be more outgoing and outspoken in the lessons by themselves. Some parents will pop in for the last few minutes of a lesson to have the instructor explain what the child needs to practice. It's your child, so we allow whatever kind of parental supervision you want.

Do you have recitals and how much do they cost?
We offer 2 individual and band recitals per year. There is no cost to participate and friends and family are encouraged to attend the performance. We also offer more frequent live performances when specific situations arise. We also offer monthly "Jam Sessions", so there are many opportunities for students to perform. All recitals and live events are not mandatory at all. Of course, we greatly encourage people to take part of these events, but we also understand that some people don't wish to perform publicly.

What is the right age to start "private" music lessons?
Although we offer classes for children (and their parents!) from new borns to kindergarteners, the youngest age that we recommend to begin instrumental lessons is 5 years. This is a general recommendation for the piano. For more detailed information and about other instruments, request our free report: 5 Ways To Get The Most Out of Music Lessons from the front desk.

Which instrument should my child be introduced to music lessons with?
If the child is new to music lessons and doesnít have a strong desire to play another instrument, we recommend starting on the piano. There are 2 reasons for this. Firstly, the piano is a great instrument to teach students how to read music and learn the theory of music. Secondly, the piano is the easiest to produce an acceptable sound on. This allows a student to have early success in playing an instrument, which will help their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Is it possible to have my 2 children together in one lesson?
The shared lesson is not a good option for your children. Even siblings close in age will develop at varying rates and have their own individual challenges that need to be addressed. The lesson sharing may seem like a good way to save money but, in the end, it does more harm than good. At Absolute Music Studios, we donít charge any extra registration fees for families with multiple children.

Is there a minimum number of lessons that I have to take?
If you wish, you can simply do one lesson at a pro-rated cost as a "trial lesson" to see if the studio and your instructor are a good fit. Once you sign up for regular weekly lessons, all we ask for is 30 days notice to cancel.

What if I miss a lesson or we go on vacation for a week? Do we have to pay for the whole month?
Even the most dedicated students may miss a lesson from time to time. Absolute Music Studios makes it easy to keep improving and working on your music even if you miss a lesson. We have two options for you to take advantage of:
    1. Request an on-line submission lesson: Students can go to our Members-Only site, click on ďFormsĒ icon and fill out an on-line submission form. Students will need to scan a copy of their most recent ďPractice ScheduleĒ and any pertinent music and submit the information electronically. Your instructor will spend your missed lesson time writing out a lesson plan, and Absolute Music Studios will email it back to you.

    2. Pre-Make Up Assignments: If the student knows in advance that he/she will be missing a lesson or two and would like to request additional lesson plans, the instructor will add additional lesson plans to the student's ďPractice Schedule SheetĒ. This will give the student different exercises and skills to work on to help continue the learning process during the absence.

What if I miss a lesson due to a hurricane or tropical storm?
If Absolute Music Studios is closed as a result of a hurricane or tropical storm, we will either issue a credit or a make-up lesson. This lesson could be a private lesson or a specialized group class.

What if my child doesnít like their instrument and wants to try something else? Can we swap?
Absolutely. One of the many advantages of coming to a music school where many instruments are taught is the opportunity to try other instruments and instructors.

Why should I pay if Iím not at my lesson?
Not showing up or canceling without notice and expecting tuition credit is the same as the instructor not showing up and expecting payment. If you go to a college class or to private school, you donít receive a refund if you miss a day. Itís the same with here at Absolute Music Studios. Also, we pride ourselves on having qualified and friendly teachers giving our students the best possible music lessons. These instructors have reserved a specific time in their week only for you. They count on their students to attend their lessons and the income derived from that. Enrolling in music lessons does require a commitment from all parties involved.

Can I change my time once I start my lessons?
Absolutely! We are happy to change your lesson time to another permanent time thatís available.

WHY do we have to bill-pay? Canít we simply pay for lessons after each lesson or in cash?
At Absolute Music Studios, we want to focus our attention on two things: 1) giving the best music lessons possible and 2) updating and upgrading our equipment and facilities as much as possible. We would not be very effective at either if most of our administrative time was taken up with making sure each and every student was paid up each month. The bill-pay is convenient for the student as well, since remembering to pay for the lessons is one less thing you have to worry about.

Here's how Absolute Music Studios "Bill-Pay" system is unique from other "Auto-Pay" systems (like for gym memberships, etc)

1. It's the same as paying cash or check - If you choose to have us bill your checking account, you are essentially 'writing' us a check each month. There are no fees and no revolving debt.

2. No one has 'access' to your account - The only information we have is your account and routing number, which is the same thing that is printed on all of your checks. Only YOU can give permission as to what you are billed.

3. YOU choose when you are billed - We offer billing cycles on either the 1st or the 15th of the month to provide you with flexibility as to when you are billed.

4. WE handle the billing - That's right! We don't have some bank somewhere automatically hit your account, and you don't have to contact any third-party with questions, concerns or problems. If you have any need to change, cancel, delay or adjust your billing for ANY reason, you just need to contact us at Absolute Music Studios.