frequently asked questions
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What is the youngest age you accept into your program?
We work with children as young as 5 years old. We have found that most children are excited to start learning around this time and have sufficient motor skills that we can begin developing.
How long is each lesson?
For young beginners, lessons are 30 minutes.
For more advanced students, 60 minutes may be more appropriate.
How Often Are lessons?
Lessons are once a week, at the same day/time.
How much do Lessons cost?
Private Lessons: Starting at $40 for a 30-minute lesson (at the studio), or we will travel to you for an additional fee.
There is a $150 non-refundable deposit (per student) to reserve your spot with Austin Music Explorations for the upcoming semester.
After that, it’s $35/lesson which must be paid in full by the start of the semester.
What is the commitment?
Private Lessons: The choice is yours! You have several lesson bundle options to choose from:
1 lesson (starting at $40)
5 lessons (10% off)
10 lessons (20% off)
School Lessons: Once confirmed on our schedule, we require a $150 deposit to reserve your spot with Austin Music Explorations for the upcoming semester. Then you must pay for lessons for the entire semester up front. We do it this way because students only have the opportunity to sign up for activities at the beginning of the semester.
Do you offer a trial lesson?
Yes we do! A trial lesson is a great way to see if lessons will be a good fit your student. Trial lessons are held at your teacher’s private studio and are 30 minutes at a discounted rate of $25.
If you are considering lessons at your school, we encourage you to schedule a trial lesson with your AME instructor before the semester starts.
Do You Offer Make-Up Lessons?
Private Lessons: We require at least 48 hours notice to be eligible for a make-up lesson. Our teachers have blocked off time in their schedules for lessons, and expect their students to show up.
School Lessons: We require at least 48 hours notice to be eligible for a make-up lesson. Make-up lessons are subject to your teacher’s discretion and availability. We will do our best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee make-up lessons.
I Missed A Lesson. Can I Get A Refund?
We do not offer refunds for missed lessons. Our teachers have blocked off time in their schedules for lessons, and expect their students to show up.
If you gave us at least 48 hours notice, you are eligible for a make-up lesson.
MY Teacher Cancelled Our Lesson. Can I Get A Refund?
Yes. If your teacher cancels a lesson, you have the option to reschedule or get a refund for that lesson.
How do I enroll?
Visit our teacher page and choose a teacher that best fits your needs.
If you aren’t sure, or would rather choose your subject first, visit our lesson page instead.
Fill out the form to apply for a reservation.
We will reach out shortly about scheduling!
Visit our school selection page and select your school.
Scroll down to see what lessons are offered at your school.
Fill out the form to apply for our program.
We will reach out about scheduling several weeks before the semester starts.
Once confirmed on our roster, we will send you a link to a payment page.
how often should my child practice?
Music should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore. That being said, the only way to see improvement is with practice! For this reason, it is important to begin building discipline from a young age. We know your child’s schedule is probably packed with fun activities, so our approach to practice is as follows:
Kinder: We don’t expect these young explorers to practice. Just show up and be excited to learn!
1st Grade: 3 days per week for 10 minutes.
2nd Grade: 4 days per week for 15 minutes.
3rd Grade: 4 days per week for 20 minutes.
4th Grade: 5 days per week for 20 minutes.
5th Grade: 6 days per week for 20 minutes.
6th Grade: 6 days per week for 30 minutes.
What materials will my child need?
Piano: We usually start with the Bastien set of piano books, as we have found they have an easy flow and are visually engaging.
Singing: Nothing! Just a good attitude.
Songwriting: A notebook and pencil.
Digital Music: For lessons at your teacher’s studio, bring a flash drive. For lessons in your home, you will need a computer, speakers, headphones, an audio interface (if necessary for your speakers), and DAW software (Garageband works). It will also be helpful to have a MIDI keyboard attached to your setup at home. Your teacher will recommend one if necessary.
Do we need a piano at home?
To get the most out of your lessons, we highly recommend investing in a keyboard for home practice. There are plenty of beginner models that are relatively inexpensive. Any brand will do to start out with (Yamaha is a standard), and your teacher will know when your student is ready for an upgrade.
Do you offer performance opportunities?
Private Lessons: Not currently.
School Lessons: Yes we do! We will have a recital at the end of each semester where students can show off what they’ve been working on!