The lesson will be rescheduled without any fee if the student cancels 48 hours prior to the lesson time. Otherwise the full price of the lesson will be charged. Of course, exceptions to this will be considered in the event of extraordinary circumstances.
We strongly recommend that students bring their own guitar if they have one. It’s no problem at all if a student doesn’t have a guitar for the first couple of lessons. In this situation, we are happy to lend you one for each class and give you advice about getting a good instrument. Ultimately, in order to practice at home, you will need your own guitar, or easy access to one.
Unfortunately, the refined techniques of the classical guitar cannot be executed on guitars with steel strings, such as acoustic or electric guitars. An expensive guitar is not necessary, but owning a proper instrument is key to achieving success with it.
Ideally, lessons should be private, one-on-one instruction so you have the undivided attention of your instructor and can progress at a level suited to you. Some schools interested in making money rather than musicians crowd students into “group lessons,” where many often flounder. Exceptions to this would be a music ensemble or a band lesson or rehearsal.
A top performer—or even just a good one—is not necessarily able to pass on his or her abilities. Teaching demands very different skills to performance. Your instructor should hold a bachelor degree in music performance and pedagogy and have extensive teaching experience.
Adults can start studying music at any time. Success is based on regular lessons and regular practice. Usually, children should be at least 6 years old to start playing the guitar. But many successful students begin in their 60s!
As with anything, practice makes perfect. This applies particularly to success with the guitar. The more you practice, the sooner you will achieve great results.
Here are some suggestions to make practicing easier:
- Set aside the same time every day to practice. This works particularly well for children. Generally the earlier in the day practice can occur, the fresher the student’s mind—and the less nagging required by parents.
- Practice with a purpose. Don't mindlessly run through your material a set
number of times. Listen to yourself and find places that need improvement.
- Focus on the areas that you find most difficult.
- Don’t rush—learning music is not a race. Try not to subject yourself or your children to unrealistic expectations: for example, don’t try to learn a piece of music in a set period of time. Music should be something you enjoy for a lifetime!
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