FAQ

FAQ

Music School in Charlotte, NC

Everything you need to know for singing lessons, guitar lessons, and any other lessons we offer!

What is Music Quarters’ vision on music education?

At Music Quarters, we strive to create a comfortable, friendly environment for our students. We aim to create positive surroundings in our studio and lesson rooms so the student can have fun learning and build a solid musical foundation. Each instructor’s goal is to customize each student’s musical experience by understanding his or her interests and ultimate goals. In order to keep students engaged, songs are introduced as quickly as possible along with teaching the basic foundation of music theory and technique.

Is tuition adjusted or a credit issued when we miss a lesson?

Enrolled students are responsible for paying for all lessons regardless of their attendance. Your instructor will advise you of his or her make-up policy. The instructor cannot guarantee a make-up lesson will be available that will fit the student’s schedule. Music Quarters does not issue credits for missed lessons.

Do you have a long-term contract for private lessons at your studio?

No! At Music Quarters we do not have a contract or a long-term commitment required of our students. You will complete an enrollment form that explains our policies. We only require a month-to-month commitment. Most of our students are with us for several years, but if the student decides to discontinue lessons, we require a two-week written notice that can be emailed to the studio at info@musicquarterscharlotte.com.

Do you teach year-round?

Absolutely! We encourage students to take lessons year-round in order to keep their momentum and to stay in the habit of playing and practicing regularly. Statistics show that if a student “takes a break” from his or her musical studies, regardless of his or her intentions, he or she will likely never return or continue with his or her music.

Do you charge a registration fee?

No, we don’t charge a registration fee at Music Quarters. We will be offering “Starter Kits” in the future, which will include the students’ books and other materials we recommend based on the instruments they will be studying. Prices will vary depending on the instrument. All music books and sheet music are additional. 

How quickly will I learn?

We are asked this question quite often and it can be a tricky one to answer. Everyone from a child to an adult will learn at a different pace and at different levels. Learning music is not something that promises immediate success, but it can be very rewarding and enjoyable as you get started. The physical skills involved can take quite a while to develop to a high level. The mental understanding of music theory and the language of music are also long-term undertakings. However, if you enjoy the process of hanging out with an instrument (voice included) and learning how to make it sing, you’ll be well rewarded at every stage of your progress.

How much will I need to practice?

Regular daily practice is most effective. If you can average 30 minutes a day, you’ll make good progress. For younger students, 20 minutes a day is often sufficient. Of course there will be days when your busy schedule may not permit playing for 30 minutes. However, if you can at least pick up the instrument for 5 – 10 minutes, you will progress and see results. Don’t let a day go by without getting some playing in, and try to average 20-30 minutes per day over the course of a week. For singers, if you already sing during the course of the day, you may not need to add a lot of additional practice time. It is often effective simply to bring your attention and new understanding to the singing that you already do. The vocal exercises your teacher will give you can also be a great help.

 What is the best age to start music lessons in general?

Of course adults can start an instrument at any time. The real determination of success is the ability and willingness to commit to practicing. Although chances for fame may be slim, students in their 60s and 70s can start an instrument and find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It can be a great way to have fun and stay sharp during the golden years. For children, starting at the right age is key to the success of their lessons. The sooner the better isn’t always right for an optimal learning experience, though. Waiting until the child has reached the right age greatly improves the odds of success. Each instrument will have a suggested age to start, but it will depend on the child. For example, it is suggested to start piano at the age of 5 or 6 years old. For children interested in the guitar, starting at 7 or 8 years old is a good age. Children interested in learning the drums should be around 7 years old, but we have started some younger. These are just some basic guidelines, but keep in mind, it all depends on the interest of the child!

What age is ideal for starting drums?

Usually 7 or 8 years of age would be about right for beginning drums. This can vary quite a bit depending on the size of the child. Being able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals is the main physical concern. Mentally, the concentration developed by the time a child reaches 8 years of age is enough to provide success for the motivated student. An evaluation would be recommended before starting a student any younger. Our drum instructor has started students younger than 7 or 8, so stop by so we can do an evaluation!

What’s the best age to start guitar lessons? Should I start with an acoustic or electric?

For guitar lessons, we recommend waiting until 7 years of age. In some cases where the desire is great, we will do a 10-minute evaluation of a younger student to see if he or she is physically and mentally ready to start. The size of the instrument is also a factor in learning the guitar. There are student size acoustic guitars, which would be suggested for the small beginner.
An electric guitar is easier to handle (less bulky) than an acoustic, and the tension on the strings is also lighter. Therefore, contrary to popular belief, we encourage starting on an electric when the child is leaning in that direction. The skills developed on one guitar will directly translate to the other. Due to the larger size of a bass guitar, we recommend waiting until 10 years old.

What about piano? What age should my child be to start taking piano lessons?

At the age of 5, some children are able to pay attention well enough to begin piano. As with all instruments, the desire of the student is critical. Physically, the piano is less demanding than most other instruments, and is therefore a great starting place. For any child not sure about what instrument to start with, the piano is a great choice. Musical knowledge learned while studying the piano translates to other instruments that one may choose to pick up at a later time. Practice time will be important when learning the piano and may vary with age groups.

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