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 personal approach to teaching and a deep interest in each student’s progress. 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. 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: 5+ (violin); 7+ (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, peaceful compromise and fun as children perform in a recorder choir. Individual lessons are also available. Recommended age: 5+
- Guitar & drums are favorites among late primary grade students, especially those that enjoy rock bands. Acoustic guitars with nylon strings can come in smaller sizes and are preferred at this age over electric guitars. Drums can be more complicated than they appear, requiring complexity and control in fine hand and wrist movements and advanced rhythmic capabilities. Recommended age: 7+ (guitar); 8+ (drums)
- 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 unique instrument from the guitar, the ukulele is typically a less expensive instrument with fewer strings (4), different chord shapes and patterns, and a smaller range. It requires less strength and toughness of fingers. The Young Yukes class provides a social environment that fosters friendship, teamwork, peaceful compromise and fun as children perform together. Recommended age: 8+
- Wind & brass instruments (band & orchestra) are not recommended for this age 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.