Dec 10, 2013
It is important to understand that we sell appointment times not lessons - per se. For example, Thursdays at 4:30 with guitar teacher, Mike Smith. Whomever buys 4:30 gets that time. Our instructors' livelihood and the viability of our ability to stay in business relies on the understanding that our commodity is appointment times and they sell to whomever buys them. We do not and can not book appointments based on a verbal agreement. I can't buy a hot dog or a car without paying for it. The same is true for a lesson appointment time. It's how we make a living. The status of all lesson appointment times is either
1. Booked and reserved by someone (ie: paid for) or
2. Open and available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What will you teach me that I can't learn on my own?
A: Great question! The short answer is that a professional music instructor will coach you on technique, which is paramount (something a dvd can't do), keep you motivated and excited about music, expose you to many styles and teach you how to read music, tablature, to understand music theory and more. Just like golf, investing and exercise, getting your information and technique tips from a pro is always the best choice in any situation. If you don't understand something, just ask!
Q: How much should I practice?
A: Instead of "practice" let's call it PLAY. Obviously, the more you play; (what your teacher tells you to play) the faster you will notice improvement.
On average, one should play at least 20 minutes a day. But there is no time limit. Motivation to play comes from the desire to play something well. Be patient with yourself!
Q: Do I need a book?
A: Probably. If so, your teacher will recommend one or two. We have several available here or at Guitar Center. Keep all your materials neat and bring them for each lesson.
Q: If I haven't practiced, should I come in for my lesson?
A: Absolutely! You must keep your momentum and get back on track.
Q: When do I pay for the lessons?
A: Always in advance. That is the only way to secure a time slot.
Q: How often are lessons?
A: Once a week at the same time, usually 30 minutes.
Q: If I don't like my teacher, should I switch to another?
A: It's OK. While we hope that you like the instructor, sometimes there might be a better match with a different one. Teachers are not offended by this and actually encourage it if it helps you to learn and grow.
Q: Do you recommend thirty minutes or an hour lesson?
A: Most students can achieve enough direction and instruction in thirty minutes. More advanced players may gain more from an hour lesson.
Q: What is the cancellation policy?
A: To qualify for a free make-up lesson, we must be notified VIA email at least 24 Hours prior to the expected absence and we will offer you a free make-up lesson time if there is one available. In the event of travel, we can arrange to do the missed lesson before you leave or on the week of your return.
Q: How/ why are make-up lessons "free"?
A: Tuition pays the teacher for only the specific time that they hold for your lesson. Nobody else can take that spot because you are paying your instructor to hold it just for you. Even if the student does not come in, the instructor must be compensated for that time. When a qualified make-up lesson is booked, it blocks an additional time slot and prevents us from booking anyone else there.
The instructor gets compensated (paid) for the original "regular" lesson time - not a different time.
Q: Do I need an instrument?
A: Yes. You need something to practice on at home.
If you want a recommendation, ask.
Q: How long does it take to get good?
A: Exactly 7 months, 1 week, 3 days and 6.25 hours — just kidding!!! This is a tricky question because everyone's opinion of "good" is different. The more you practice, the faster you (and others) will notice improvement. It is important to remember that music is an art form, not a competition like golf. There are certain basics that one should learn and fully understand. Once that is achieved, more complicated material will be easier to comprehend. To actually play it will take practice, more for some and less for others.
Q: Will you come to our house to teach?
A: Maybe. Call 888-6683 to check availability and rates.
Q: What geographical areas do you service?
A: We will provide lessons to students from Town & Country, South Tampa, New Tampa, Tampa Palms, Carrolwood, Westchase, Waterchase, Temple Terrace, Hyde Park, Lutz and others.