General music lesson Info
What makes us the better choice for music lessons…
Focus On Training
All we do is teach. We do not sell or rent musical instruments. This leaves us free to specialize in one thing – providing the highest quality of music instruction.
Our instructors are highly qualified and have extensive performing experience. More importantly, our instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style.
All Ages Welcome – Beginners to Advanced
Music students range in age from 2 years old to adults. We teach what you want to learn so music is rewarding for students of all ages.
Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month so there is no need to wait to get started. A Variety of styles are taught such as jazz, pop, rock, and classical. Private lessons ensure that the student has the undivided attention of the teacher and can progress at a level suited to them individually.
Concerts are held at least twice a year. These provide students with performance experience and build confidence. Participation in music festivals, competitions, and workshops is also available.
TUITION [more info]
It is school policy that there are no refunds on tuition for any reason. Please do not register unless you plan to attend class regularly. The music program is a year round school with the option to take 2 breaks in the summer.
There is an annual yearly non-refundable fee of $40.00. We hope that each student will complete the year, but if a student should discontinue a class a 30-day notice is required. A WITHDRAWAL FORM must be filled out in the office by the 5th of the month to stop the next months payment. Any withdrawal forms completed after the 5th will be considered dated as the first of the next month. Monthly tuition is computed on the entire school year and is the same each month, including those shortened by Christmas holiday and Spring Break.
PAYMENT OF TUITION
All tuition is due the first of the month and will be paid via Auto Debit from a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or checking account. A $30 fee will be charged for insufficient checking accounts or for declined or invalid credit cards. If any account has an outstanding balance after 60 days, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the school. Tuition may be paid in full for the entire season (August through July) if one wishes not to pay via Auto Debit.
We hope each student will complete the year, but if a student should discontinue classes a 30 day written notice is required. A Withdrawal Form must be filled out in the office by the 5th of the month to stop the next months payment. Any withdrawal forms completed after the 5th will be considered dated as to the first of the next month. Phone calls and verbal notice are not acceptable.
If the Knox County schools are closed due to snow, there will be no morning classes. If the roads are clear by 12:00 noon, please call the studio to verify if classes will go on as scheduled. We post closings on three local news stations when available. If you are unsure, please call before coming to the studio. We cannot call every student about weather related closings.
IN-SERVICE SCHOOL CLOSINGS
The studio will be open for all in-service holidays by Knox County Schools.
The studio will observe the Knox County School schedule for Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break.
All private music students will be provided a digital make up lesson as long as we are notified prior to your scheduled day/time, the teacher will prepare a lesson for your student to work on that week. This lesson will be emailed to you immediately, so your child can continue to practice and progress throughout the week. You might have theory, video footage to watch/practice with or both. This policy will ensure your musician is continuing to get the best, consistent, continuing lesson possible, without interruption. As always, our teachers expect their students to practice their instrument each day and not having to miss a week of instruction will aid in their music instruction progression.
If your teacher is unable to make your lesson and we cannot provide a substitute, we will absolutely provide a studio makeup.
OBSERVATION OF CLASSES
It is our belief that students work more productively when not observed. Teachers need the student’s full attention without interruption or distraction to teach effectively. For this reason, parents, friends, and family members are asked to observe class on the designated “Parents Weeks”. Parents may also watch class on the monitor located in the lobby.
Every year the studio puts on two Music Recitals to showcase the talents and hard work of our music students over the past year. These recitals allow students a chance to display their accomplishments and experience performing on stage. It is not mandatory to be in the Music Recitals, but it is an invaluable and rewarding experience, which we highly recommend. The performance is a wonderful opportunity for the young musicians to build self-confidence and gain new skills.
Now Available on the NEW Lobby Monitor and our Face Book Page
All School News/Announcements can be seen on the NEW Lobby Monitor daily to keep you up to date on events and announcements. News/Announcements will also be posted on the studio website and our face book page. We love to include special honors, awards, and events of our students, so please let us know of any special honors your musician receives along with a picture.
CAN MUSIC REALLY MAKE YOU SMARTER?
Ten-Year Study Shows Music Improves Test Scores
Regardless of socioeconomic background, music-making students get higher marks in standardized tests. UCLA professor, Dr. James Catterall, led an analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database. Called NELLs88, the database was used to track more than 25,000 students over a period of ten years. The study showed that students involved in music generally tested higher than those who had no music involvement. The test scores studied were not only standardized tests, such as the SAT, but also in reading proficiency exams. The study also noted that the musicians scored higher, no matter what socioeconomic group was being studied.
– Dr. James Catterall, UCLA, 1997
Music Students Score Higher SATs®
College-bound seniors with school music experience scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of their SATs and 41 points higher in math (98 points combined) than those without arts instruction.
– Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers, The College Board, 2001
Music Makes the Brain Grow
Childhood music lessons actually enlarge portions of the brain. German researchers found that the brain area used to analyze musical pitch is an average of 25% larger in musicians. The younger the musical training begins, the larger the area.
– Nature, April 23, 1998
Second Graders do Sixth Grade Math
Second-grade students who were given four months of piano keyboard training, as well as time using math puzzle software, scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction. They were also able to solve proportional math problems at a sixth grade level.
– Keeping Mozart in Mind, Academic Press
Music Students Enjoy Greater College Success
Music majors are better readers and more successful med school applicants. A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry and math. Physician and biologist Lewis Thomas studied the undergraduate majors of medical school applicants. He found that 66% of music majors who applied to med school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. Forty-four percent (44%) of biochemistry majors were admitted.
– The Comparative Academic Abilities of Students in Education and in Other Areas of a Multi-focus University, Peter H. Wood, ERIC Document No. ED327480. The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, February, 1994
Rhythm Students Learn Fractions Better
After learning eighth, quarter, half and whole notes, second and third graders scored 100% higher than their peers who were taught fractions using traditional methods.
– Neurological Research, March 15, 1999