Are you thinking about private music lessons for your child? It's good to do your research before making an investment. We've compiled the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about private music lessons below.
What is the best age at which to start my child with private music lessons at Meyer Music?
This is a question that gets asked quite frequently. The answer depends on several factors.
- Does your child show an interest and a desire to learn music?
- Does he or she have a good attention span?
- Is he or she physically large enough to comfortably hold an instrument?
Most piano and strings/orchestra teachers will start private music lessons with a child at age 6 or 7. In some cases, children start as young as 3 years old, but that requires extensive parental involvement, and parents are usually required to take lessons right along with their child. Wind and brass music lessons generally start at age 11 or 12, usually when band classes are offered in public schools.
How do I find a qualified teacher for my child’s private music lessons?
Meyer Music hires only qualified teachers who hold music degrees or are currently working toward their degree and have teaching experience. Before allowing them to give private music lessons, we extensively interview the teachers and conduct careful screenings. Some private music teachers specialize in a specific age group. If you have a special request or questions, simply contact any one of our three convenient locations in the Kansas City area (Overland Park, Blue Springs and Kansas City North). Our helpful staff can assist you with choosing a private music teacher who is compatible with your child’s personality and skill level.
How do I schedule private music lessons for my child?
All you have to do is drop by or call your nearest Meyer Music. We have locations in Overland Park, Blue Springs and Kansas City North. Our team handles the scheduling with teachers, and we can let you know what openings are available and secure your child’s time slot.
How do I get the right-sized instrument for my child’s music lessons?
You can rent or purchase an instrument right here at Meyer Music. Stringed instruments are the only instruments that come in smaller fractional sizes. Acoustic pianos and band instruments are available in one standard size.
How do I pay for private music lessons?
Private music lesson fees are paid by the month, at the beginning of the month in advance. Meyer Music does not issue a monthly bill for lessons.
Is there a minimum number of private music lessons for which I am obligated?
Meyer Music does not require a commitment for a certain number of lessons. You can discontinue your child’s private music lessons at any time simply by notifying our staff.
Does Meyer Music cancel private music lessons when schools are closed?
Our lesson schedule does not follow any school district’s cancellation schedule. Meyer Music is only closed on major holidays. Our staff posts holiday notifications in the store one to two weeks prior.
Do Meyer Music's teachers hold recitals for students?
Meyer Music encourages all of our music teachers to involve students in recitals and other performance opportunities. Playing to an audience keeps students interested and motivated to improve their skills. We have a large recital facility at our flagship store in Blue Springs available free of charge to Meyer Music students. We can make arrangements for recital facilities at no charge at our other two locations.
Are there other performance and competition opportunities available to students?
Meyer Music is a proud member of the American College of Musicians (National Piano Guild), Mid-America Music Association, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Meyer Music students are eligible for the annual competitions offered by these organizations.
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