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Frequently asked questions

How early can a child start music lessons?

It is proven that music develops a child’s brain (especially from age 0 to 12) like no other activity. Mommy and Me classes or even listening to classical music on the regular basis stimulates a child’s mind on neurological and emotional levels. However, it takes few years for them to be physically ready for learning the musical instrument. For 5-year-olds starting with the piano or recorder will bring the fastest result. 6-8-year-olds can add voice, violin, drums, and ukulele to that list. 9-year-olds can expand that even more by adding all brass and wind instruments, as well as guitar and xylophone. Get more information in our guides: Lessons for Beginners, How can a choice of instrument advance your high school and college achievements. Wind Instruments: Age Requirements and Prerequisites.

What are the best options for beginners?

Piano, recorder, ukulele and xylophone seem to be a popular choice when it comes to 5-7-year-olds children. Check out the benefits of each instrument in our guide

How to choose which instrument?

By trying them out! Read our guide What instrument is right for my child. Our trial lessons are free, so you don’t have to decide right away. It’s important for us as much as it is for you to find the right instrument and the right teacher for your child.

How long does it take to learn an instrument?

Learning a music instrument is not a course. It varies from person and person and requires an individual approach. Practicing time is a main factor in seeing and enjoying the progress. On average a student sticks to music lessons for 4 to 5 years.

Do I need to have an instrument at home?

Yes! Regardless of what lesson you choose (even voice) , you should have an instrument at home to practice. The good news is that there are options that would fit any budget, space, and lifestyle. Check our Guide to Music Instrument: What do i need and where do I get it?

What’s the benefit of a rare instrument?

Simple answer - lack of competition, which results in high demand. You should play the musical instrument that your soul desires. But make an educated choice. Check our guides on Music Instruments that will Never be Out of Style and How can a rare nstrument advance your high school and college career

How long are the lessons?

We recommend starting with 30 min for beginners. Your teacher will let you know when your child is ready to extend the class.

How long should a student practice?

Practice makes perfect. How perfect do you want to be? Music is work. But it’s not hard work! It’s a work of pleasure. The note becomes a sound, the sound becomes a song, the song becomes a lifestyle. It is more in how regular your practice is and not how long. 15 min a day 5 times a week for 5-7 year old is a reasonable goal and encouraging statistic. 8-10 year old kids will have enough homework to practice for 30 min a day. Students are asked to keep track of their practice time at home so they can get prizes for accomplishing their goals!

I don't have any musical background or ability, can I still help my child practice?

Yes! Encouragement and reminders seem to be the best help that parents can provide. Our teachers are trained to give very detailed homework and monitor the progress closely, so it will be easy for you to know what needs work and remind your child to practice. Asking them to play for you, for grandparents, for family guests is a great way to build up their confidence and show encouragement and approval.

I’m afraid my child won’t practice.

Every child is different. We are trained to look for and find approaches to keep your child interested and motivated. learning their favorite tunes, using technology to play musical games, a system of bonus points and prizes. We will find a way to break the initial wall and music practice an easy but regular routine in your child’s day.

Can adults take lessons?

Absolutely! Adult learners are the most dedicated students. Sharing the knowledge with them and their joy of succeeding is a reward for any teacher. Flute, guitar, and piano seem to be the first picks. Besides being therapeutic and emotionally healing, learning music sharpens the memory, improves cognitive and motoric skills, and in the case of wind instruments or voice lessons helps with respiratory conditions. Our adult students have the highest retention rate, some have been with us for over 10 years!

Are there performing opportunities?

Plenty! Learning how to perform (and behave) on stage is a part of learning how to be a musician. It’s thrilling but a terrifying experience at the same time. We figured the remedy for stage fright - get on stage early! When little kids, who don’t seem to stress over the performances too much, start performing regularly, their stage fright never develops. Many studio’s generations keep adding to that data. But it’s not just the little ones, that enjoy our elaborate theme parties. We have three concerts a year - Halloween!The Very Scary Concert. Decorations, costumes, candy! The Christmas Tea Party Formal party with tea and biscuits. (and other pastries, submitted for Parents’ Bake-off) formal gowns and bow ties. Christmas Tree in lights, presents and magic. End of the Year Party. The biggest party of the year! Different theme each time; We’ve done Tropical Party, Arabian Nights, French Party, Royal Party. Check our recital gallery! The recitals are free for the families and not mandatory!

Are the teachers qualified?

Not only our teachers have respectable degrees from different music institutions, they also possess years of performing and teaching experience! They have plenty of patience and empathy towards thier students. Lessons are tailored to every student’s need and their musical preferences are taken into consideration

What if the student and teacher’s personalities don’t click?

That happens. This is another reason why we have more than one instructor for every instrument. Bring your concerns to us and we will sort the situation together.

Can i observe my child’s lesson?

Yes! And you should! Once in a while. Constant presence during the lessons might get in the way of establishing the direct student/teacher relationship, but once in a month check-up will give you a good idea about how the lessons are going. You definitely want to be there for your first free trial lesson, as that is a good time to ask the teachers all the other questions, not answered here.

How much is a tuition?

The tuition is a flat monthly fee, based on 48-week schedule. 30 min - $200 45 min lesson - $280 60 min lesson - $360 Group lessons are $130 a month. Music Theory/History - $50 a month. Sibling and 2nd instruments discounts of 10% can only be used separately. If the student is taking an individual lesson and a group class, an online theory/history lecture is included for free.

What’s a 48-week schedule?

There are months that you get five lessons, and there are months, that a lesson is lost to a Holiday. In the course of the year, it always evens out to 48 weeks out of the year. The Studio will not have lessons on the weeks of Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.

How late can we cancel a class? Do we get a make-up lesson?

We require a 24-hour cancelation notice in order for you to request a make-up for the missed lesson, which will be scheduled by your teachers based on their availability. Avoid shorter than 24-hour notices, as teachers need time to adjust their schedules. Late notice will result in account charges. If the teacher cancels the lesson, a substitute teacher will be invited. There is no make-up or refund for missing a group lesson.

How do I stop the lessons?

Just as easy, as signing up. We only want you here if you want to be here. Fill out the withdrawal form before the 15th of your last month

Can I take only one month of lessons?

One month is a very short time to make any conclusions regarding how well your lessons are going. Give it few months to see results. However, you don’t have any obligation to stay with us longer than you want. Just fill out our withdrawal form before the 15th of your last month with us.

What other lessons and classes are offered at the studio?

Glad you asked! We believe that music is more fun when made with friends. Many of our programs are designed to give our students the opportunity of playing and performing together, Playing in the ensembles developes the skills, that can not be learned in one on one environment - listening and blending with others, tuning and staying on time. The social aspect of group playing is also very important for building leadership and team player qualities. Check our options for Group Classes for Beginners and Studio Ensembles. Another important music discipline that is offered to our students is Music Theory/Music History combo - an online, twice a month lecture course, that is developed by our founder. the program has had great successes among studio students and their friends, since its launch in March 2020. Check the testimonials for Music Talk with Gala Yaroshevsky.

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(408) 418 3491 • • 996 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129 

Orange Music Studio
996 Saratoga ave
San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 418 3491
Offering quality guitar, voice, saxophone, flute, drums and piano lessons at the convenient location in San Jose, California  since 2006
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