We are dedicated to fostering musical excellence by providing a nurturing environment in which students of all ages and skill levels can study with our outstanding faculty. Hailing from around the world, our faculty members are trained professional musicians and educators who take a personalized approach to teaching and a deep interest in each student’s progress. Our purpose is to help all students reach their goals and individual potentials. See below for a complete list of areas of study, as well as more information about lessons and policies.
Areas of Study
Guitar & Bass
All children can benefit from developmentally appropriate musical study. Many developmental factors are considered when recommending instruments for musical study. Below are general guidelines for developmental progress with the typical ages children reach these milestones.
- Piano instruction can start when a child can reach the keys of an acoustic piano, has strength to press them to make consistent sound, and is able to focus for a half hour one-on-one lesson. Children can “see” the relationship between keys and written notes as well as hand position making it a good instrument for this age. Pianos can be rented to start. Acoustic pianos are recommended. Recommended age: 5+
- Strings come in small sizes for younger children allowing them to be started at a young age once children have the focus for a half hour one-on-one lesson. Strings require finger precision & dexterity, and refinement for tuning. Instruments can be rented to start. Recommended age: 4+ (Suzuki violin, viola, and cello); 7+ (traditional violin, viola, and cello)
- Soprano recorder is a wonderful first introduction to note reading and making music. The small size of the instrument and spacing of the holes is suited to children’s fingers and breath control. The instrument is inexpensive for a first investment and the skills developed are transferable to other instruments, allowing them to get a head start on learning music. Group classes foster friendship, teamwork, and fun as children perform in a recorder choir. Individual lessons are also available. Recommended age: 5+
- Acoustic guitars with nylon strings are available in smaller sizes and are recommended for young children over electric guitars. Recommended age: 7+
- Drum set requires complexity and control in fine hand and wrist movement and specific rhythmic capabilities. Other percussion instruments include vibraphone, timpani, and hand drums, and can be studied with teacher recommendation. Recommended age: 8+
- Ukulele provides fun in a small size and allows kids to sing along as they play. Learning chords and strumming aid in coordination and listening. A distinct instrument from the guitar, the ukulele has fewer strings (4), different chord shapes and patterns, and a smaller range. It requires less finger strength than guitar, and is typically less expensive to purchase. The Young Yukes class provides a social environment that fosters friendship, teamwork, and fun as children perform together. Recommended age: 8+
- Wind & brass instruments are not recommended for young children due to the size of the instruments, the pressure placed on teeth, and the lip strength needed to make sound. Recommended age: 8+ (flute, clarinet); 10+ (saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn)
Starting a child on a specified instrument before the child is developmentally ready for the individual demands of the instrument can lead to frustration and disengagement. A teacher recommendation that a child should wait to progress to a particular instrument is not a negative reflection on a child’s current intellectual or developmental status but shows a personal caring for a child’s emotional well-being and the desire to foster a life-long love of music.