Qualifications and experience will help to ensure that you receive high quality lessons. Personality is important too. It is important that teacher and student “fit.” Therefore, you should have an interview in the setting of the music lessons before you begin.
This is determined on a case-by-case basis. We usually say that once a child is ready for school, he/she should be ready for music lessons. It is important that the child be ready for 45 minute lessons.
We have an open door policy, and we certainly encourage parents to sit in on their child’s lessons. For young children, it is important that parents do so regularly. Children show faster progress and higher interest if parents play an active role in their child’s playing during the lesson and practice at home. It is irrelevant how much a parent knows about music.
At the discretion and agreement between teacher and student/parent:
Novice: 45 minutes
RCM to Level 4: 1 hour
RCM Level 5-8: 1 hour (1.5 hours if with private theory)
Once a week at the same day and time each week.
Tuition is payable in advance on a bi-monthly basis on the first lesson of the following months: September, November, January, March, May, and July.
Yes, you can discuss with your teacher a mutually agreeable day/time.
Because a teacher is travelling to your home, there are factors that are beyond his/her control, e.g. traffic and weather conditions. Please allow for a 15 minute window for lesson start time. This does not apply to online lessons.
Please call the teacher as soon as possible to cancel a lesson. If 24 hours notice is given, an online make-up lesson will be given (maximum of 2 per school year). It is your responsibility to schedule a make-up lesson. A forgotten lesson is forfeit.
Yes, your teacher will arrange a make-up lesson if necessary.
There will be no lessons Labour Day, Christmas Break, March Break, however lessons which fall on statutory holidays (Thanksgiving, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Victoria Day) will be rescheduled if requested.
Yes. Summer lessons are available and encouraged for continuity of learning. There will be no lessons for the week of Canada Day and the week before Labour Day.
The most important thing to have in the home is a good instrument - acoustic is preferred but high-end digital pianos (with touch-sensitivity, 88 weighted keys, standard key size and soft/damper pedals) are acceptable in the short term. Digital pianos will be accepted temporarily at the discretion of the teacher. Please ensure there is an armless chair. It is important that the lesson is undisturbed.
Please provide a large table and chairs for both teacher and student to sit side-by-side with a textbook, workbook and notes. Student will need sharp pencils, erasers, rulers and scissors. It is important that the lesson is undisturbed.
The most important thing to have in the home is a good instrument - a student model is acceptable. There must be a good supply of reeds (for clarinet and saxophone), a good cleaning kit and music stand. Please ensure there are 2 armless chairs and small table for the teacher. It is important that the lesson is undisturbed.
You may send an email or phone. If it is an emergency cancellation (less than 24 hours notice) please call or text.
You should practise every day. You practise as long as it takes for the practise goals to be reached. If you have concerns, please talk to your teacher.
The determination to take an exam is at the discretion of the teacher and student. A student does not need to take an exam at every level nor every year. However, exams give good objective feedback and provide incentive for practise.