FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ What is the best age to start learning an instrument?
The age varies case by case. Some children may not yet have the physical capacity to explore their musical instrument e.g. lacking finger dexterity or low lung capacity for wind instruments. Our teachers can offer more personal tips and suggestions and enquiries are welcome. Below we suggest the ideal age to start learning a specific instrument.
Piano/violin/cellos: children as young as 4 years old can start learning these instruments. Smaller violins and cellos are available making it ideal for small children.
Recorder/singing: children from 5 years and up can pick up recorder and singing. Recorder is a great introductory wind instrument. It requires coordination between breathing, mouth and finger placement to create notes, but is easier than other wind instruments as it has fewer holes to focus on.
+ Should parents supervise children with practise?
Even if the parents don't have any musical background, by simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day will help immensely with the progress. Parents can ask the teacher for advice on how to best help children to practice.
+ What are the benefits of learning an instrument?
Extensive studies have shown that children display long-term positive results from playing musical instruments. In fact, the benefits of music have been proven more effective in strengthening abstract reasoning skills in younger and older children than does teaching them computers skills.
Kids aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits of learning an instrument. Adults will also gain tremendously from playing a musical instrument. Music has been shown to reduce stress, increase productivity, develop creativity, and build confidence.
+ Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
Students should have an access to an upright, digital pianos or keyboards. We recommend buying or hiring an instrument that has a minimum of 61 regular sized keys, a sustain pedal, 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.
+ Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
No, you do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs £20-£30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
+ How often should I tune the piano?
We advise upright or grand pianos to be tuned and have maintenance check every 6 months. Please refer to our piano tunig page for more information.