Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Do you teach beginners?
A: Yes. Not only do we love to teach absolute beginners but we also teach at every level of ability.

Q: What type of music lessons do you offer?
A: We offer lessons for all ages on the Guitar, Piano, Strings and Bass Guitar in a wide variety of styles. These are typically private lessons.
We also offer The Childbloom Guitar Program. This is a great programs for kids between the ages of 5-12 and is structured into both private & small group lessons. These programs require parental involvement & participation. The parent does not have to play an instrument but is there for communication & support. This program is unique to the area & is specifically tailored to the young student.
We will soon offer music lessons for all instruments as well as additional programs that will be unique to this area.

Q: What styles of music do you teach?
A: We teach a wide variety of styles. We teach Classical, Blues, Jazz, and Rock to name a few.

Q: What are the teacher's qualifications?
A: Our award winning teachers are experienced professionals with music degrees from accredited universities. Our teachers are dedicated to providing you with the best music instruction there is.

We have a progressive curriculum that uses effective teaching
methods that guarantee results for our students. Our teachers will show you how to read music easily, practice and develop proper and efficient playing techniques necessary to play well. Our instructors have an abundance of teaching experience and are able to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles.

Q: How long and how often are the lessons?
A: The lessons are a 1/2 hr. long and we meet once a week. We also offer 1 hour lessons for more advanced students.

Q: How long does it take to learn to play an instrument?
A: There is no set answer to how long it takes to learn to play an instrument. With practice on a daily basis, a basic level of playing can be achieved within a few weeks. The more time spent following the plan and playing, the better you'll get. It really depends on the student's goals and time dedicated to playing. Many of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to improve their abilities and they find the lessons enjoyable.

Q: I do not have any musical background or ability. Can I still help my child with practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don't have any musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply setting a daily practice time, encouraging and monitoring your child's practice habits your child will improve. Many parents will sit in on their child's music lesson to get an idea of how a song should sound or how a student should be practicing correctly.

Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: It is ideal to have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most of our students already own and use electronic keyboards to practice on at home. If there is no piano at home, we recommend that you have a keyboard that has regular sized keys as well as a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard is a type of keyboard that will play louder if you press the key harder and will play softer if you press the key lighter.

Q: What is the Childbloom Guitar Program?
A: The Childbloom Guitar Program is the nation's largest guitar program and was first established 35 years ago by Kevin Taylor in Austin, TX. The Childbloom Guitar Program is also the ONLY guitar program in the Syracuse area that specializes in effectively teaching the guitar to young children. This program is specifically designed for elementary aged kids between the ages of 5-12 and offers music, fun, and achievement in a low- pressure environment. Through the use of curriculum materials, parental involvement and a unique structure, the Childbloom student learns to play music quickly and enjoyably.
The instruments that we use for this program are size-appropriate acoustic nylon string guitars.

Q: What is the class size of the Childbloom Guitar Program?
A: We are structured into small group lessons. The maximum class size is up to 4 students and we need a minimum of 2 students to get started.

Q: Do you offer private guitar lessons for Childbloom?
A: Yes. We do have a number of private guitar students that are enrolled in the Childbloom Guitar Program.

Q: Where can I get a size-appropriate instrument?
A: We have new and used children's guitars that we sell here for our program at the studio. We have 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 size nylon string guitars. We are mainly a teaching studio so we do not have a showroom that is open to the public. If you are in need of a small guitar but are unsure of the size that you need, we will make an appointment to size up your child with the proper instrument.

**DO NOT BUY A GUITAR FROM ANY RETAILER THAT IS NOT EXCLUSIVELY A MUSIC STORE OR MUSIC DEALER! These are not musical instruments and unacceptable for learning on. READ our
INSTRUMENT RECOMMENDATIONS TAB.

Q: Do you sell other instruments?
A: No. We are mainly a music teaching studio. We are not a music store. We only sell fractional size nylon string guitars for children that are enrolled in the Childbloom Guitar Program. We do not sell any other instruments or accessories.

Q: How will I benefit by coming here to take lessons?
A: Our students benefit greatly from our teachers and our studio. We have very effective techniques that are specifically tailored for the beginning- advanced student that have been proven to get results every time. We use both innovative and traditional teaching methods as well as modern method books that are practical for the style being studied.

Over the years we have had significant student output and satisfaction. We have a very high student retention rate because our students see great results with our methods. We have professional instructors that teach as a main source of income and not as a sideline job or hobby.
Our instructors take teaching seriously and are concerned about their student’s progress and growth. Our instructors are continually evaluating and improving their own teaching skills and methods by attending many seminars and workshops to better serve the student.

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