frequently asked questions
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: Ideally, having a piano or a weighted digital keyboard at home is best. However, many of our students buy digital keyboards to practice on at home and then decide to purchase a piano later on. We recommend a keyboard that is touch sensitive and has at least 61, 76 or 88 keys. 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. If you are enrolling in our Joyful Sounds Piano Class we recommend the Casio 37 Keyboard which is made for smaller fingers. Please ask your teacher or the studio if you need any assistance with selecting the right instrument.
Q: Do I need a full drum set to take drum lessons?
A: No you do not need a full drum set to start drum lessons. Students can start lessons by using a practice pad. This is a small dinner plate sized pad that costs $20-$30 that is used for practicing basic drum rhythms.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument?
A: There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn an instrument. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.
Q: I don’t have any musical background or ability; can I still help my child practice?
A: Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Many parents occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound or how the student should be positioning their hands.
Q: What do I need to bring to lessons?
A: Students should bring a notebook, pencil and creativity! Your teacher will let you know what lesson books to purchase after your first lesson and then you should bring those to every lesson as well.
Q: Can I observe my child’s lesson?
A: Yes, we have mini-windows located in each room so parents can peek and see how their child is doing. Some parents will pop-in during the last few minutes of a lesson to listen or speak with the teacher.
Q: My child won’t practice. What should I do?
A: Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Practice is a behavior that takes time to learn. Your teacher will give you tips to help you and your child establish good practice habits. Just remember to communicate with you teacher…they’re available to help you!
Q: Do you teach adults?
A: Absolutely! We gear a lot of our website and programming towards school-aged children, however, we love to work with adult learners.
Q: Will you come to my house for lessons?
A: Lanti Music does not offer in-home lessons. One reason our students are successful is because lessons are held in a well-equipped, professional environment and are free from common household distractions.
Q: Can I change my lesson day or time once I start?
A: Yes, depending on your teacher’s schedule, we’re happy to change your lesson time to another permanent time if needed.
Q: How often do I have a private lesson and how long is each class?
A: Generally, students meet 1x per week and stay for a 30, 45 or 60-minute session.
Q: Are there a minimum number of lessons that I have to take?
A: No, there are no minimums required. However, out of respect for your teacher, we ask for a 30 day notice from the 1st of the month in order to adjust the schedule accordingly.
Q: What if my child doesn’t like their instrument and wants to try something else? Can we switch?
A: At some point during lessons your child may want to quit or switch instruments. We will work with you to implement good practice strategies, consistency and motivation to encourage the best possible outcome for lessons. However, sometimes the instrument isn’t the right fit and a change might be best. We’ll talk with you and figure out other possibilities based on your child’s interest.
Q: Can I start music lessons at any time of the year?
A: Yes, we have open enrollment all year. If you begin mid-month, your tuition will be pro-rated and your monthly tuition will start on the 1st of the next month. Beginning a group lesson late may require additional class time to learn missed material.