Our teachers develop children's music skills.
OAM Frequently Asked Questions
1Does it matter if I or my child have never had any sort of music lesson experience?
No, we are great at teaching those brand new to music lessons
2What if my child or I am somewhat experienced, will you make me start at the beginning?
No. What we try to do with experienced musicians is pick up from where they are. In some cases it may be necessary to backtrack over bad habits that may have crept in over time or through informal learning.
3My child or myself are left handed, should we get a left handed instrument or modify and existing instrument?
No. Most instruments do not come in left handed models. All method books are based on right handed learning. Sure it is possible to flip over a violin or buy a left handed guitar or set up a drums backwards. Truth is all, instruments are ambidextrous in nature. Left handed guitars are hard to find and more expensive. With Guitar Bass Violin etc. the real work is in the left hand. If you learn on a left handed guitar or a backwards drum set, you’ll never be able to play someone else’s instrument, jam or ‘sit in’.
4How often are lessons?
We offer three different schedules to our students, which can vary depending on the teacher. The most typical schedules are half-hour weekly, one-hour biweekly or our new forty-five minute "triplet" schedule. We highly recommend the latter as it is a very nice balance between half-hour and one-hour lessons, plus students get a week off every month that coincides with a stat holiday. This is great for families that travel during school breaks as they have fewer lessons to make-up throughout the year.
5How long does it take to get competent on the instrument?
Usually, it takes between 1-3 years depending on the background of the student. For young guitar students, they usually take longer.
6If I don't know how to read music, can I take piano lessons?
Yes, you will be taught how to read the music in your piano lessons.
7Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
It is ideal if you do have a piano at home, but you can start lessons with our piano teachers by using an electric keyboard to practice on at home. Most of our students rent or buy small electric keyboards to practice on at home. We recommend a keyboard that has a minimum of 61 regular sized keys, a sustain pedal, and a touch sensitive response. A touch sensitive keyboard means if you press a key harder it will play louder and if you press a key softer it will play quieter.
8Are the teachers qualified?
Yes. All of our teachers are highly qualified professionals and many have extensive performance experience. All instructors are required to be licensed, university or college degreed in the programs and instruments they teach. Our teachers are experienced teachers and are chosen not only for their qualifications, but for their ability to relate to the students.
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