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The terms covered by the registration agreement will be considered in effect upon Key Music receiving payment for the holding of a class placement. Full payment must be received at the time of registration. Lessons cannot start until registration is complete.
MISSED PRIVATE LESSONS:
Private lessons cancelled by the student can be made up provided that a minimum of 24 hour’s notice is received by email or messages on the answering machine.
No show up or failure to notify the school/teacher within 24 hours is considered a forfeited lesson.
It is the responsibility of the student to arrive on time, and attend weekly lessons regularly. Students arriving late to a class are only entitled to the slot.
Students are eligible for only1re-schedule or break per set of 10 sessions (NOreschedule or break per set of5 sessions)
If you know of dates ahead of time where you/your child cannot make a lesson, please notify the school when booking/paying for your lessons.
There are NO refunds on unused or cancelled lessons.
Should you choose to take a break, unused lessons can be banked for you for aperiod of 3weeks. Unused lessons after that time will be considered forfeited.
MAKE UP LESSONS:
Any lessons cancelled at least 24 hours ahead will receive a make-up lesson at a time convenient to both the teacher and the student. Typically, make-up lessons will be added after/before the original lesson time.
Re-scheduled lessons will be made upduring the term; they are not carried over into the next term (no extension of period).
Make-up lessons not used within the term will be considered forfeited.
WHEN YOUR TEACHER CANCELS:
If your teacher cancels a lesson, classes will be re-scheduled within the term by lengthening lessons in 15 min. increments on following or previous weeks.
PARENTS IN CLASSES:
For young students, parents must be present at lessons, for note taking in class, communicating with teacher, and helping monitor practice at home.
Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students. Students must arrive at a lesson minutes before beginning of class.
Q. What instrument should my child or I study?
A. If you or your child do not have a predisposition toward a particular instrument, it is recommended that all students begin with piano/keyboard in order to develop a solid foundation of music theory and technique. It has been proven that a student seriously studying piano for five or more years can more easily transpose knowledge toward playing other instruments. If you or your child have an interest in a specific instrument, and you/he/she are/is physically able to play that instrument, then by all means learn whichever instrument you like.
Q. What is the best age to begin piano lessons?
A. The best time to start piano lessons will be different for every child, but most will be ready between the ages of 6 to 8 years old depending on their attention span, interest, and developmental readiness. Piano is the best instrument for any student to start with as piano lays the basic foundation of music. If you are skilled at the piano, it is a lot easier to learn other instruments. In fact, all music majors in college must pass courses in piano before they can graduate. Piano lessons in Key Music can lead to a heightened interest in other instruments and musical genres. We highly recommend that students begin their musical studies with the piano.
Q. How long and how frequent are the lessons?
A. Beginning children (6 to 8 years of age) should start with 30-minute weekly lessons. Beginning children (9 to 11 years of age) may start with either 30- or 45-minute weekly lessons, depending on experience and developmental readiness. All other beginning students including adults should start with 45- or 60-minute weekly lessons. Since the lessons are designed around each student, your teacher may recommend a longer lesson as the student improves, or multiple lessons within the same week. It is also recommended that students practice the same amount of time daily as the length of their lesson.
Q. What are the benefits of studying music at a young age?
A. Many studies suggest that playing music in the childhood increases development in the areas of memory, concentration and reasoning skills.
Q. I am an adult with no music experience, do you offer piano lessons for adult beginners?
A. Can adults learn how to play piano? Absolutely! It is never too late to learn to play the piano, and we are more than happy to help you on your journey. We find more and more adults enrolling every day. Whether it’s for relaxation, personal enjoyment, or a specific goal in mind, learning piano is a rewarding experience for students of all ages. While it can be more difficult for adults to learn, the benefits outweigh the obstacles. Furthermore, parents who take lessons can make a positive impact on the success of their children’s lessons. Key Music Studio works with the best piano instructors who love giving piano lessons in Toronto. Feel confident and excited to learn how to play piano or keyboard. Teachers use refined techniques to make learning easier.
Q. How much do lessons cost?
A. Lesson tuition varies depending on the length, location, and type of lessons. Please notice pricing tables here. Family discounts are also available. You can call us for more information.
Q. May I pay for each lesson as I go?
A. No, sorry. Teachers need to be reasonably certain of their income. Full payment must be received at the time of registration.
Q. I only have a keyboard. Is this okay?
A. Learning to play on a keyboard is perfectly fine for beginning students. Initially, you don’t use all the keys, and children are generally too short to reach the pedals to start. As you progress, you want to select a piano or full-size keyboard, preferably with “weighted keys” to better emulate the feel of a real piano. Don’t hesitate to take piano lessons in Toronto because of the cost of the instrument. There are ways to get around it, and you can always find a used piano at a reasonable cost. You can also rent a piano at around $30 per month.
Unlike a traditional piano, an electronic keyboard is always in tune. Students are more likely to practice if they can do so in any room of the home. If you can’t have a piano, don’t feel bad about being stuck with a keyboard. Depending upon the type of music you wish to play, an electric keyboard might be more suited for its versatility. An electric keyboard is portable and readily integrates with other music gear.
Q. What is Key Music’s position on students practice?
A. Practice is integral to musical development. Following each lesson, Key Music teachers will leave detailed instructions for the student to follow over the coming week. Students can be expected to practice between 10-90 minutes 5 days a week depending on their age and level. Tips for effective practice:
Set aside a specific time of the day to practice and stick with it
Set your practice schedule for times of optimum energy and concentration
Your practice space should be located in a place that makes practice easier
Difficult aspect of your practice routine should be made the priority
Try to cover aspect of practice that you tend to avoid
Q. How to support my child to practice better at home?
A. Here are a few basic tips:
Sit with them for the first few months of lessons, as often as possible. For those younger children, call it “Play Time” and not “Practice.” Children need help in developing the discipline to practice on their own.
If possible, choose the same time and duration each day. For example, each day immediately after school for a minimum of 20-30 minutes (best before everyone is too tired). If you miss a day here and there, don’t be concerned. You could also try splitting the practice time into 2 equal sessions of 15 minutes – in the morning and afternoon.
Positive feedback is very important. Help your child through the ups and downs. Be cheerful and encouraging always. At the end of your practice session, make sure the last thing you do is fun. Do not withhold lessons as a punishment, especially for not practicing. Find an alternative if you must (withholding TV, video games, computer time, etc.)
Years of Study. We know through years of experience that if a child stays with lessons for at least three years, he or she will have a foundation and appreciation of music that will last a lifetime. A priceless gift. The first year is fun. The second is more challenging. In the third year, interesting music is ready to be mastered, and your child will be considered a “musician.”
Q. My child has lost interest and/or is not practicing. Should we take a break?
A. This is a common question. Occasionally, a child, for various reasons, is not willing to practice, and it becomes a battle of wills. This is normal. Music lessons can go through difficult stages at times. At these times, discontinuing lessons may seem to be the obvious solution. Children who are allowed to quit rarely return to lessons. Adults who quit too early as children often wish their parents had made them “stick with lessons.” We have never heard a parent say, “I’m glad my parents let me quit.” It is often those children who frequently take lessons with us as adults.
Q. What are the benefits of studying music?
A. Some of the benefits of studying music are:
Development of imagination and creativity
Development of memory skill
Development of cognitive and motor skills
Development of self-awareness and confidence
Q. What if we do not have a quality musical instrument?
A. Key Music offers advice and assistance on buying or renting musical instruments.
Q. Do we receive any feedback regarding lessons?
A. Key Music provides an annual progress report to each and every student.