WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE TEACHERS?
Most of our teachers have received degrees in music from the nation's top collegiate programs. Our teachers are all experienced musicians and educators, chosen not only for their qualifications, but also for their ability to inspire and motivate our students. All teachers and staff have been screened through national criminal background checks.
WHAT IF MY CHILD STARTS OUT IN LESSONS BUT DOESN'T LIKE IT?
It is not uncommon for a student to start out with one instrument, and then switch to another instrument that they enjoy more. We offer wide variety of instruments with a large and highly qualified teaching staff so there's something for everybody. We highly recommend students stick with lessons for at least three months because some time is needed for their skills and knowledge to start blossoming.
WHAT IF STUDENT AND TEACHER PERSONALITIES DON'T MESH?
One of the advantages of studying music at Music Makers of Western Springs is that in most cases, we have multiple teachers for each instrument. Sometimes a student needs a different teaching style, and we have the flexibility to accommodate this and place the student with the perfect teacher for them.
DO YOU OFFER LESSONS TO ADULTS?
Definitely! We are happy to teach adults at any age and at any level from beginning to advanced. Lessons are provided in a fun, low pressure environment. Our adult students simply aren't as eager as our younger students to be on camera!
CAN I SIT IN ON MY CHILD'S LESSONS?
Absolutely, we have an open door policy. It is your choice to sit in on your child's lessons, but not required. Some students find it distracting, but others work better with Mom or Dad in the room. The teacher can give you some advice on this after they get to know your child.
DO WE NEED A REAL PIANO AT HOME?
Although a real (acoustic) piano is usually best, it is not necessary to begin lessons. Many students begin with keyboards. The most important thing to know when renting or purchasing a keyboard is that it must have full-sized keys and be touch-sensitive (sound changes depending on how you play the keys). It is best to get a keyboard with at least 76 keys to ensure the student does not outgrow it too quickly. Whenever possible, a weighted action is preferred to non-weighted or semi-weighted action so that students can practice on an instrument that most closely resembles an acoustic piano.
HOW MUCH DO LESSONS COST?
$38 per 30 minute lesson held once a week (recommended for young beginners)
$57 per 45 minute lesson held once a week (recommended for teens and adults)
$76 per 60 minute lesson held once a week (recommended for the serious student)
- There is a registration fee of $35 per student at enrollment