Do you offer any classes for kids that are younger than 5 years old?

Not yet.  But we are working on it 🙂

What should I bring to my first lesson?

Please bring a notebook and a writing utensil.  Your instructor will provide staff paper, tab paper and chord notation charts when necessary.  Also, if you already have your own instrument, please bring it to class. 

Do I need to bring my own instrument to class?

You do not need to bring an instrument to any trial class or any class in the Keys Course or Beatmaker Course. We will provide instruments and all other necessary equipment.

After your trial classes, you will need to bring your own instrument to classes in the Strings Course.  We will provide all other necessary equipment including instrument cables.  

For classes in the Songwriting Course, Recording Course or Performing Course, we encourage participants to bring their preferred instruments. We will have keyboards, some string instruments and a drum set available and will provide all other necessary equipment.

How often and for how long should I practice?

Regular and consistent practice is key. We recommend that you make time for practice approximately 30 minutes each day.  Quality matters more than quantity — “only perfect practice makes perfect”:  Limit your practice to no more than an hour at a time, take regular breaks (e.g., 5 minutes for every 15 minutes of practice) and stop once you become unable to maintain proper form.

What happens if I cannot make a scheduled class?

We understand that life sometimes gets in the way of making music. If you have enrolled by the calendar month, no need to do anything. We’ll see you next week. If you enrolled by purchasing lesson credits, in order to avoid being charged a lesson credit, kindly provide us with reasonable prior notice, at least 24 hours in advance of the originally scheduled start time.

I am running late to pick up my kid – what do I do?

We kindly request that a parent (or other care-taker) stay on the premises during your kid’s lessons.  If you are unable to do so and cannot make it back by the end of the lesson, please let us know you are running late: (201) 279-1055.  Please note that we reserve the right to charge a late pick-up penalty.

My child is sick – may I still send him or her to class?

Out of consideration for other student families, we unfortunately cannot allow students into class that are contagious.  As a general rule, please do not send your child to class if he or she is running a temperature (above 99.4 degrees F), has vomited within the last 24 hours, or is unable to prevent the spreading of bodily fluids.  We reserve the right to turn away students that, in our judgment, pose a hazard to other students.

What happens if I am unwilling or unable to take all of the classes I purchased – do I get a refund?

If you are unable to take the classes you purchased due to persistent injury or illness, or are required by your employer to re-locate, we will refund your purchase price.  Please provide your refund request in writing along with appropriate proof (doctor’s note, employer letter, etc.).  We do not offer refunds in any other circumstance.