Yes you will need an instrument to practice at home. Not to worry, because there are many affordable options out there even for pianos. For example, pianos are usually viewed as a costly expense, but basic upright pianos can be found at many local thrift shops such as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity Restores for sometimes $100 or less. A simple check-up and tuning by a piano technician for around the same price makes them a useful and affordable option towards obtaining a real piano for in-home practicing (an electronic keyboard with weighted keys can also be used). Beginner acoustic or electric guitars also have $100 or less options, and sometimes are packaged with a starter amp and accessories. Ask us for a recommendation if you're in the market for a new instrument.
Yes, thatís what makes Old Town Music Studio unique. You can literally study any component of music at our studio. Jazz improvisation, composition, arranging, music theory, music history, performance techniques, jazz keyboard harmony, and music transcription are just a few of the services we have to offer.
Lesson packages are designed and recommended for one lesson a week, however, you are welcome to split up your lesson package into as many weeks as you want. For example, a Bronze Package can be split into two months by taking a lesson every two weeks. Lessons expire exactly one year from purchase date, so make sure to keep track with your punch card how many lessons youíve taken.
It is recommended you have at least 30 minutes - 1 hour of consistent practice daily outside of your lessons. Students who follow this rule-of-thumb usually progress quite dramatically over shorter periods of time than those who do not practice daily. The repetition daily is what makes us improve at anything requiring motor skills. Just like we go to our sports practice time daily, we will also want to do the same thing for our music practice time.
We take performance very seriously at Old Town Music Studio, and recitals are definitely an important component to a studentís growth. It gets them in a real performance setting in front of a live audience, something most professional musicians do every night. Therefore we make it a pertinent part of our goals to get each student in a performance settings as soon as possible. Each student who studies at Old Town will have the option to perform at least one recital for every six months of study. This window is designed to allow adequate preparation time for repertoire and performance techniques to be developed.
Music Theory is the backbone of what makes music function. It is absolutely crucial one understands the fundamentals of Music Theory to become knowledgable musician. Many students who take basic classical lessons never get the opportunity to dive into Music Theory and what actually makes music work. Here at Old Town we have strived to create a learning environment that includes Music Theory, and where our students can learn material that is crucial to getting ahead in musical proficiency. Students will have opportunities to learn material many musicians donít get to study until college. Music Theory Workshops happen once a month, and are a primary component of what makes Old Town Music Studio a unique learning environment.