- Frequently Asked Questions -
Q: How old should my child be to start lessons
A: Most any age is OK, as long as children have basic motor skills and can hold the instrument.
Q: What do lessons cost?
A: See the "Rates and Policies" section above.
Q: Do I get a refund for missed lessons?
A:See the "Rates and Policies" section above.
Q: Where are you located?
A: In my home studio, 3648 Michigan Ave. In the Hyde Park neighborhood of Cincinnati OH.
Q: Do you teach home-schooled students?
A: Certainly. I welcome all students.
Q: I am an adult with not much music background. Can you start me in lessons?
A: Absolutely. You are never too old to learn, even if you have never had music instruction before. Adults usually learn music concepts quickly, the real challenge is finding the time to practice, not age.
Q: I got bored with music lessons when I was young. Can you teach me the kind of music I want to play and sing?
A: I welcome the opportunity to work with students on different kinds of music!
Q: Does there have to be an instrument at home to use for practice?
A: Yes — you must have an instrument to practice on between lessons.
Q: Do you rent or sell instruments etc.?
A: No, I will be happy to suggest a music retailer. (See the home page or side bar here) This is what they do, and they do it well. Rivers Music is not a retail music store.
Q: How long are lessons?
A: Weekly private lessons can be 1/2 hour or one hour.
Q: What is better, one hour or half hour lessons?
A: It all depends on the student. If the student has the ability to focus for an hour and the available practice time and commitment, then the hour lesson is by far the best value because the ratio of instructional time to transition/set-up time is much better. The hour is also good for the student that simply needs more time or guidance. It also allows for a deeper exploration of a new concept. For students with limited attention span or very busy lives, the half-hour lesson is more than enough time to keep a student busy all week.
Q: When can lessons be taken?
A: Weekdays during the day as well as some evenings.
Q: Do you give lessons in people’s homes?
Q: Do you offer group lessons?
Q: How can I help my child learn?
A: Be supportive. Even if you are not musically inclined, you should encourage your child’s efforts. Find ways to praise your child and give occasional rewards. Do not threaten or use practice time as a punishment. Such actions make music study unpleasant, unrewarding, and — almost always — unsuccessful. Encourage regular practice sessions. No one can "cram" for music lessons. it’s best to have regular, daily practice sessions. Someone who doesn’t practice will not learn the material. Practicing each day will guarantee success. Quality practice time is important. It is okay to break up the practice into smaller periods of time for students who have a hard time practicing for longer periods of time. Some children profit from two or three (shorter) practice sessions a day.
Q: Should I attend my child’s lessons?
A: Parents are always welcome to attend their child’s lessons. However, doing so sometimes inhibits the child. This is especially true with adolescents. On the other hand, young children are sometimes more comfortable if a parent is present. If you do attend your child’s lessons, please let the teacher do the teaching. Be attentive.