Many of our prospective families have the same questions. In an effort to make your decision to study with us easier, we would like to offer a little more about us in the form of Frequently Asked Questions. Of course, please feel free to call, email, or stop by if you’d like!
How is the Conservatory different from the music stores or the in-home studios that offer private lessons?
The Conservatory is intentional when selecting instructors to serve musicians at the Conservatory. Our instructors understand this is to be a long term commitment and that turnover is detrimental to our mission.
All instructors have an extensive background in the instrument(s) they desire to offer study for.
How much is tuition?
What does my tuition cover?
Student tuition covers preparation and instruction time offered by the instructor. This includes the selection and purchasing of select repertoire, the development of the tailored curriculum, researching best practices for individual learning styles, the instructor’s training and experience, cost of the Spring recital, supplemental materials such as tuners and metronomes, and memberships to organizations which will ultimately catapult the student to new levels of performance.
Additionally, students are afforded amenities in the Conservatory to enhance their experience and excitement while learning music.
While tuition covers everything listed above, there are a few things tuition doesn’t cover:
Christmas Recital – Due to the facility rental and other fees
Books the student will need to study from at home
Required items for the upkeep of the instrument of choice
How old does my child have to be to study at the Conservatory?
A student’s age depends on the instrument of choice. We understand a five-year-old probably shouldn’t learn to play the tuba just yet. But aside from size, elements such as attention span, maturity, and the ability to comprehend are considered when determining the age to begin studying music.
All of our instruments have age-appropriate restrictions but a student may be exempt on a case by case basis.
We have Baby Bops classes for younger students birth to age five. This class is a great indicator of whether or not a child is ready for private study!
What happens if the teacher and the student don’t connect?
We absolutely believe the connection is the most important aspect of studying music! Afterall, music is EMOTION. It’s hard to be free when there is no connection between student and instructor.
Should there be a lack of connection, our first approach is to try and resolve through understanding the needs of the student and how we can better serve them. If no resolution is reached, we will pair the student with another instructor if one is available.
Can we enroll for private study to occur every other week?
While this may seem like a great idea to reduce travel time and yet “another” obligation on the weekly schedule, students must keep in mind that bi-weekly study actually hinders progress. We have found that students who have participated in bi-weekly lessons generally don’t practice the two weeks in between, only a few days leading up to the lesson. Also, if a lesson is missed, it’s a whole month before we see you again! One of our most valuable components of study is continuity. Because of this, we do not generally offer bi-weekly study except in very rare circumstances and only for adults.
What happens if we miss a week of study or class?
Students enrolled in the private study are afforded three make-up lessons per year. (Based on the students anniversary date)
Continuity is one of the most valuable components of study and it’s important for our students to understand that studying music is a commitment if you want to truly experience growth. After the third make-up lesson, missed lessons are forfeited.
There are some exceptions where more than three make-up lessons are provided which include, but are not limited to illness, emergencies, honor ensemble rehearsals and performances outside of the Conservatory.
The make-up policy is to deter families from canceling for convenience. Aside from continuity, with the number of students we serve, scheduling becomes rather difficult for both students and the instructor.
Missed classes must be forfeited due to the nature of the offering.
Do you require students to be on contract?
Enrollment is on a month-to-month basis. To experience true growth in the instrument of choice, we recommend studying for six months to one year. Most students are able to perform a recognizable song within three months.
What is the process for leaving the Conservatory?
We understand that scheduling conflicts can occur or students lose interest and no longer want to study music. We support the decisions of our families.
To ensure instructors have proper notice and to properly end your relationship with the Conservatory, we require a 30-day written notice. This notice can be submitted within the Student Portal.
Failure to provide a 30-day notice will result in the auto-payment to be processed for the following month.
How much time should a student schedule to practice?
In order to become proficient on an instrument, students should schedule in their practice times just as they do with homework or any other responsibility. We suggest 30 minutes daily for beginners.
For more advanced students, one-two hours minimum is required to truly put into practice what was covered in the lesson.
Additionally, it is proven that our students retain more if they practice the same day, but after their lesson. A lesson does not count as practice!
Lastly, studying at the Conservatory is to learn new concepts. Students should always come prepared having mastered (or almost mastered) what was taught the previous week. In the event students haven’t practiced in the previous week, the lesson will then become a practice session. This means new material may not be taught, therefore causing a delay in progress.
What does this mean? Practice if you want to progress!