Common Music Questions and Answers
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on as long as it meets these requirements: It should have a full keyboard (88 keys), It should have a stand so that it is at the proper height to avoid injury, It should have a bench that is also at the proper height to avoid injury and ensure the proper posture, It should have regular sized keys and a touch sensitive response (A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter) and it should have a pedal. Please call/email if you need further information or a name/number for such a purchase.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
Q: I don't have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Q: Are Private Lessons Tax-Deductible?
A: Yes, they can be if taken at a qualified music school such as Music2Master.com. Contact your tax advisor to see if you qualify.
Q: My child is interested in learning the guitar. Does he have to begin on an acoustic or is it ok to start on an electric?
A: Since most parents began learning guitar on an acoustic they often think that it is necessary for their kids to start that way. In reality a child can learn how to play using either an acoustic or an electric because the notes and the chords are the same. We always advise the parent to get the opinion of the child if he has one, since for some children emulating their favorite artist will motivate them to practice more. The advantage of beginning on an electric is that it has lighter string tension which means it will take less strength to get a good tone. The advantage of having an acoustic is that you can practice anywhere because you don't need an amp. Parents don't have to worry about the electric being too loud because most beginner amps have a headphone jack so the child can practice without disturbing others.
Q: My child is only interested in rock and roll, can he benefit from taking lessons?
A: No matter what style of music a person is interested in, the fundamentals of music still apply. Learning the terminology (language) of music and developing a comprehensive knowledge of music does not impede one’s ability to “rock out”. It actually will allow a person to develop to a higher level of playing no matter what style they prefer.
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