Lesson FAQs

Do you have questions about music lessons, violin lessons, the Suzuki Method or piano lessons?  Wondering what is involved with taking music lessons?  Read on, and if you still have questions, contact us!

How long are lessons?


  • 20 minute lessons are a great start for ages 3-5! These students must also be registered for group classes.

  • 30 minute lessons are suitable for ages 5 and up, and for most students.

  • 45 minute lessons are ideal for students ages 12 and up, or for adult students

  • 60 minute lessons are the right length for students ages 12 and up for are preparing for RCM exams, competitions and festivals, as well as adult students.




Do I need to buy an instrument? How do I know what to get?


You will need to either rent or purchase an instrument so that you can practice at home. You can visit one of our recommended shops for rental or purchase. A basic student violin outfit set up by the Sound Post is perfect for beginning students, and a weighted keyboard can suffice for the beginning stages of lessons.




Do you teach adults?


Yes! We appreciate all our adult students, and are pleased that they have trusted their musical journey with us! Please reach out to us if you have any concerns regarding learning as an adult.




What is the youngest student you will teach?


We teach students as young as 3 years old! These lessons are full of games for dexterity, rhythm, melody and posture. Our teachers are experienced with these young students, and love working with them!




What if I as the parent am not musical or never learned to play an instrument?


It doesn't matter at all if you never learned to play a musical instrument! Our teachers always explain things in a way that both student and parent can understand, and if you have questions, please be sure to ask them!




I've heard that Suzuki students don't learn to read music, do your students?


Yes! Depending on how old the student is, reading usually starts around middle of Suzuki Book 1, or around there. Older students may start earlier. Reading music should start after the student has had some time to familiarize themselves with the instrument, and after they have learned to read words.




How much do I have to practice?


It depends on the student and the level they are at. The important thing is that practice is happening every day, or at least most days. Consistent repetition is better than a couple really long practices before a lesson. That said, a good rule of thumb is that a student is practicing for either as long as their lesson, or for 3x their age. Generally, it will take the following amount of time to complete our daily practice assignments:

  • Youngest students (ages 3-5) and beginning students: 10 - 20 minutes
  • Primary aged and intermediate students: 20 - 40 minutes
  • Advanced students: 45 - 60 minutes
  • Students preparing for RCM Grade 6 and up: minimum 60 minutes




Can I have a trial lesson before registering?


Absolutely! You can request a trial lesson or book one yourself with one of our teachers. Trial lessons are a great way to meet the teacher and learn more about the instrument before you start.





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